Typical job roles associated with this apprenticeship can include Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Assistant Construction Surveyor, Quantity Surveying Technician, Assistant Cost Engineer or Assistant Cost Analyst. Construction Quantity Surveying Technicians are associated with the monitoring and control of costs and contracts on construction projects and are based on sites or in offices.
The typical duration for this apprenticeship is three years but this will depend upon the previous experience of the apprentice and the access they have to opportunities to gain the full range of competence.
Successful apprentices will gain a Level 4 HNC qualification in Construction and Built Environment that meets the knowledge requirements of the apprenticeship standard and is approved by the industry’s recognised professional bodies as meeting the educational requirements for Technician status or the equivalent level of membership.
English and Maths at Level 3 will need to be achieved before taking the End-point Assessment and will be included in the Level 4 qualification.
This apprenticeship will include the knowledge, skills and behaviours typically required to achieve Technician status - or the equivalent - with the industry’s recognised professional bodies. The final assessment process for this apprenticeship will typically be partly representative of the review process required for professional registration.
You need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths (grade 5 or above), and Science. Your grade should preferably be 6+ (B) for GCSE Maths. Alternatively you should have:
Understand the principles and responsibilities imposed by law and other regulations in a construction environment
Understand the sustainability issues in projects across economic, social and environmental aspects
Understand different construction techniques and materials and the principles of design
Understand different forms of contracts used in construction and why they are applied in different situations
Understand the different types of procurement process and negotiation requirements
Understand the importance of controlling costs during a construction project and the effect of changes to the project
Understand the various forms of reporting on project progress
Apply health and safety issues to all activities
Demonstrate application of the principles of sustainability
Assist in the implementation of the most appropriate solutions for construction projects
Be able to apply different types of contracts to different situations
Assist in the selection of and negotiation with specialist contractors for a construction project
Assist in the measurement and costing of construction works during a project
Assist in the preparation of financial reports, cash flow and cost forecasts for a construction project
Assist in the collection, collation and storage of relevant data and its analysis
Understand and apply the Code of Conduct and conduct regulations, ethics and professional standards relevant to the industry’s recognised professional bodies
Identify own development needs and take action to meet those needs. Use own knowledge and expertise to help others when requested
Understand the importance of equality and diversity and demonstrate these attributes so as to meet the requirements of fairness at work
Be able to contribute effectively to meetings and present information in a variety of ways including oral and written
Be able to assist in planning to avoid conflict and resolving issues that do arise
Be able to work with others in a collaborative and non-confrontational way
Be able to identify areas for improvement and suggest innovative solutions
Once the apprentice has satisfied the requirements of the Gateway, an End-point Assessment will take place which will be delivered in the following order:
You need safety boots and Personal Protective Equipment, such as a hard hat and overalls, which should be supplied by your employer.
You could pursue a degree programme in your chosen professional area.
Progression could be into the following roles:
The moment Jamie Wasley sat down to start his sixth form studies, he realised a further two years in the classroom was not for him. He didn’t go back for day two. Instead he got himself an apprenticeship with a local builder and enrolled with Derby College. Now, aged 27, Jamie is an award winning former bricklayer, a buildings inspector, and he is poised to become a chartered surveyor.
He has special praise for Derby College which supported him when he began to fall behind while halfway through his Level 3 Construction Diploma. There were good reasons. Jamie suffered a broken jaw in an unprovoked attack and underwent three months of painful treatment.
As part of Level 3, apprentices are required to show a range of brickwork skills by making separate pieces over a period of time, and he was struggling to get them done. But his lecturers helped him design one “masterpiece” which he built featuring all the aspects he needed – an arch, a chimney stack, a curved wall, stilts and more. He said the staff were “brilliant” and helped him through the dark times.
Jamie went from strength-to-strength, winning both the College’s and the East Midlands’ SkillBuild competitions, before finishing third in the World Championship SkillBuild event in Birmingham. And because of his commitment, he was awarded a £1,000 Bowmer and Kirkland Bursary by the College. Jamie passed his Level 2 and 3 construction diplomas with distinctions and in parallel took his Level 2 NVQ Trowel Occupations and Level 3 NVQ Brickwork (Advanced Craft).
Having worked with a local builder, Jamie was head hunted by building surveyors JHAI Ltd where he is now a buildings inspector and 18 months away from qualifying as a chartered surveyor. He intends to “get as good as I can be” and perhaps specialise. He is also considering going on to become a college lecturer to support teenagers who have practical rather than academic strengths.
"At college you learn the skills and intricate details you need, especially on Level 3.
"The biggest thing I found is it gives you a place to practise. When you get to site it's not practice, you're building and it's staying up. You've got to stand back and be happy with it.
"The big thing about college was the lecturers were brilliant, "not "yes, sir", "no sir." They taught you stuff you needed to know.
"You notice yourself becoming more useful at work. You learn something and then you can apply it."