SDL Surveying launches degree apprenticeship scheme with Nottingham Trent University

SDL Surveying has announced its new apprenticeship scheme run in partnership with Nottingham Trent University.

The Level 6 chartered surveyor (real estate) degree apprenticeship is designed for both school leavers and existing employees within companies who do not currently have a relevant degree.

SDL Surveying will work with the university to take students through both the vocational and theoretical content of the course across five years.

In the first three years, students will be rotated around various departments within the business, providing them with rounded business knowledge and experience. 

In years four and five, they will work with SDL’s audit and technical teams to gain more specific surveying knowledge; each student will have a mentor from the business and will shadow experienced surveyors on site.

At the end of the five years, they will have achieved a degree-level qualification and MRICS accreditation.

SDL currently has three apprentice surveyors working through the course out of its Nottingham offices — Tom Walford (pictured above, second left), Caitlin True (middle) and James Morris (fourth left)  — and the business is committed to developing opportunities for many more students to move through the course in the years ahead.

Simon Jackson, managing director at SDL Surveying, said: “This is a brand new initiative for us and we’re working closely with Nottingham Trent University to run an excellent course and to ensure our apprentices get the type of learning and experience they need in order to start their careers as surveyors. 

“We’re pleased to have Tom, Caitlin and James currently working out of our Nottingham office as our first students, and they’ll be learning everything there is to know about what we do and what is required as a surveyor. 

“There is always a gap for excellent surveyors, and we believe this course will deliver a growing number of next-generation professionals who will set the highest of standards in the work they go on to carry out.”

Pictured above (L-R): Adam Baker, director of surveying field at SDL Surveying; Tom Walford, apprentice surveyor; Caitlin True, apprentice surveyor; Simon Jackson, managing director at SDL Surveying; James Morris, apprentice surveyor; Sarah Cleobury, head of people at SDL Surveying.

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