Going out into the world of work is daunting, no matter who you are. What’s more, for those wanting to become surveyors in Essex, it’s difficult to know where to even begin looking to start your career.
Further education is a great place to start when looking at starting a new career. Apprenticeships are becoming a popular choice among those seeking further education as a gateway into a career. In fact, statistics show that university applications have fallen over the last few years. This is likely due to the many amazing alternatives, such as apprenticeships, that are now available.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a type of higher education that can be taken in some cases straight after school at the age of 16. This being said, it is more common for students to undertake an apprenticeship following college or sixth form.
Apprenticeships include on the job training in a real working environment and some classroom-based study. The split is usually 80:20.
At the end of a standard apprenticeship, students are awarded a qualification that is equivalent to an A Level. However, there are also Degree Apprenticeships available. As the name would suggest, at the end of these courses you are awarded a qualification that is equivalent to a university degree.
The advantages of an apprenticeship in surveying
If you are looking to join the network of surveyors in Essex, an apprenticeship could be the perfect route for you. Below, we’ve listed a few of the main benefits of this education option:
Apprenticeships allow young adults to gain experience within their desired profession whilst they study. These experiences teach young adults how to behave in a working environment, how to overcome unexpected challenges, and how to act around customers – characteristics every employer looks for!
Earning an income
A huge benefit to surveying apprenticeships is the income you earn alongside your study. Apprentices have their own band in the minimum wage structure, allowing them to earn over £9,000 per year (based on a 35 hour week). Earning a salary alongside further education gives you the opportunity to begin saving for your future without the need of additional part-time work.
Funded by the Government
Funded by the Government, you don’t have to worry about paying back loans as an apprentice. Research shows that the average university student is left with around £45,800 of debt at the end of a 3 year course. When you chose the apprenticeship route, this is done at no cost to you.
Industry recognised qualifications
Many surveyors in Essex have entered the profession following an apprenticeship. These courses leave you with recognised qualifications and the added bonus of hands-on, industry specific experience – two very desirable characteristics!
If you’ve decided university isn’t the route for you, why not consider a degree apprenticeship? Here at Munday + Cramer, our team are passionate about helping young people on their journey to becoming surveyors in Essex. As such, we’re always open to discussing these opportunities.
You can find more information on degree apprenticeships on the RICS website or to get in touch with our surveyors in Essex, just click here. You can also call us on 01245 326 200. We look forward to hearing from you!