Apprenticeships in Scotland
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Land surveyors measure and map the shape of land. They gather data for civil engineering and construction projects so that accurate site plans can be drawn. As a surveyor, you’ll be part of a fast-moving, technologically advanced industry. Much of your time will be spent on-site, using technical instruments to record the environment.
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You can gain the qualifications you need by doing a university course, a graduate training scheme, or an apprenticeship.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You will need to complete a degree accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Relevant subjects include surveying, civil engineering, geomatics or geographical information science.
For an undergraduate degree, you’ll need:
If your first degree isn’t relevant to surveying, you could do a postgraduate conversion course at university, or through an employer.
You could also gain higher qualifications through an employer’s graduate training scheme. If you have a foundation degree or graduate diploma in surveying, you could get a graduate job as a surveying technician. You could then apply for RICS membership and study to be a fully qualified land surveyor.
Some people become surveyors by working for a surveying practice and completing a distance learning course with the University College of Estate Management.
An apprenticeship with a land surveying company is a good way into the industry. Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
You could start your career as a surveying technician or a geospatial survey technician.
Entry requirements vary, but you’ll usually need:
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works in construction. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility, and salaries and career options can improve with chartered status.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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You could apply for chartered status through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This will improve your job prospects and you could earn a higher salary.
With experience, you could become a project or contract manager, or specialise in an area such as offshore engineering or construction surveying.
Some land surveyors work as self-employed consultants or sub-contractors.
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