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We are looking for an enthusiastic person to join our repairs and maintenance teams who aspires to be a Chartered Building Surveyor.

Candidates must be resilient, enthusiastic, good communicators, have excellent attention to detail and be keen to develop their building surveying skills. You will have opportunities within the teams to gain building surveying experience whilst studying part time towards a RICS accredited Building Surveying degree at one of our accredited Universities.

Who are we?

The Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services Directorate of Portsmouth City Council are responsible for maintaining and undertaking repairs and capital building projects to a stock of nearly 15,000 residential properties, 900 corporate assets as well as delivering the Housing Development pipeline of 350 new homes per year.

To support the delivery of this work we are seeking to recruit to a number of Surveying Apprentice positions. The Building Services team have a strong record in supporting the training and development of our staff having established our Building Surveyor apprenticeship programme 6 years ago. Since its inception we have grown the programme to 18 surveying apprentices and have seen 13 apprentices and graduates gaining Chartership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in recent years.

The apprentice positions offer a fantastic opportunity for those wishing to develop a career in Building Surveying through the provision of fully funded training, gaining of a diverse range of practical experience and the offer of a structured training programme supported by highly experienced Building Surveyors.

As no prior experience is required for any of our apprenticeship roles, we have recruited apprentices from a wide range of backgrounds including those leaving college taking their first steps into employment as well as more mature candidates who may be seeking the opportunity to change careers and retrain.

What is this role?

In this apprenticeship candidates will study a BSc (Hons) degree in Building Surveying from the University of Portsmouth on a day release basis whilst working full time for Portsmouth City Council, gaining a wide range of practical experience delivery a range of Capital Building Projects. Alongside their day-to-day work, apprentices will also undertake their RICS assessment of professional competence, with the opportunity at the end of their 5 year apprenticeship to sit their RICS APC final assessment and become a fully qualified Chartered Building Surveyor.


Who is the person?

To apply for the role you need to:

  1. Have the entry requirements to enrol on a BSc (Hons) Chartered Surveyor degree apprenticeship of a minimum 112 UCAS points, this can include A levels or BTEC qualifications.
  2. Have an interest in building surveying and a desire to learn and become a Chartered Building Surveyor, any knowledge and awareness of the building surveying role and skills will be an advantage. 
  3. Have the capability to undertake research so that you can evaluate different building options such as products or building methods. You will be trained to prepare a specification of work, gain quotations and manage repair work.
  4. Have relevant experience of using all Microsoft packages; in particular be able to demonstrate practical IT skills using Word and Excel spreadsheets to analyse data and be able to use various software packages as part of undertaking a surveying role. You will be trained to use AutoCAD or similar drawing packages to support Building Surveyors by producing planning and building regulations drawings.  
  5. Be organised and methodical when preparing and managing your own workload or undertaking surveys and have excellent attention to detail. You will be trained to carry out a range of practical surveys including stock condition surveys and how to diagnose building defects as well as assess quality of work undertaken.
  6. Be confident and a good communicator when working with all Housing staff, other departments, contractors and specifically our Local Authority Housing customers as most repairs and maintenance work is undertaken in occupation whilst our residents are living in their homes.
  7. Have excellent written skills demonstrating good spelling and grammar along with setting out and presentation skills and be proficient in communicating your point concisely within a report.
  8. Demonstrate an aptitude for understanding formal text, particularly legal text as set out in construction law.
  9. Have a positive attitude towards work, be resilient, embrace change and actively work with your colleagues to improve the service offered to customers.
  10. Demonstrate your ability to work effectively as part of a team to achieve a common task and also your ability work under your own initiative.
  11. Either have a full driving licence and provide a car for work or have a commitment to learn to drive, as you will be visiting various sites across Portsmouth and will need to be able to travel effectively between them.
  12. You will be inspecting a variety of buildings with different access arrangements and will need to be physically fit.

Please also answer the following questions in your application for this apprenticeship:

  • Do you have an education, health or care plan provided by the local authority or have you been in the care of the local authority?
  • Are you a citizen of the United Kingdom or another country within the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA)?
  • Will you have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom or another country within the EU or EEA for at least 3 years from current date?
  • Do you depend on a visa or other permission to reside in the United Kingdom?
  • If you have answered 'Yes' to the previous question, please describe what type of visa/permission you have. You will need to bring in your passport and visa or evidence of immigration permission when you enrol so that we assess your eligibility to receive Government funding for the Apprenticeship programme.
When completing the application form, please thoroughly tailor your application to the 'Who is the Person' points with the use of examples from your experience and attach this as a cover letter in the Supporting Documents section. This is really important or you are likely not to be shortlisted. Please click here for the full job profile!

To learn more about our Surveying Apprentice programme and hear from existing apprentices, we have created a video with the University of Portsmouth that can be watched here.

Applications should be submitted by 12noon on Monday 13th March 2023.

There will be an initial shortlisting where if successful, you will be required to prepare and deliver a short presentation virtually, via MS Teams on either 27th or 28th March 2023.

Candidates progressing from the presentation stage will be invited to an assessment day in Portsmouth to be held on the 3rd April 2023.

The final stage of assessment will be formal interviews to be held in Portsmouth during the w/c 10th April.

When applying candidates should ensure that they are available for the dates above. Whilst some flexibility can be offered around the date and timings of the initial presentation assessment and final stage interviews, the assessment day to be held on 3rd April 2023 is fixed and can not be changed.

Should candidates like to discuss any of the roles in confidence, they should contact Stuart Lane on 07917 515071 or email

We are a disability confident employer - committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible and welcome applications from all areas of society. 

We really appreciate our employees and fully realise they are essential to our success and look to offer an inclusive, supportive working environment where employees can reach their potentials with a healthy work life balance, offering the following rewards:

  • A generous pension scheme
  • Up to 31 days annual leave per year  (from 2023)+ bank holidays
  • Flexible / hybrid working
  • A range of retail discounts via our reward portal offering discounts at retailers including IKEA, Currys, Tesco
  • Free Access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and wellbeing support
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities including apprenticeships
  • Potential to purchase additional annual leave
  • Business travel support and initiatives, including bike loans

Please click here for all of the benefits of working with us!

Thank you for your interest!

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