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Building Surveyor Apprenticeship

Job Title: Building Surveyor Apprenticeship
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 032578
Job Published: February 05, 2020 16:55

Job Description

Building Surveying Apprenticeship 032578
Organisation - HR
Job - Building Surveying
Position Type - Full Time
Building Surveying



Level 3


Apprenticeship Standard 

Surveying Technician



2 years






£19,663 (reviewed in line with London Living Wage)


Thank you for your interest in applying for this TfL Apprenticeship.


We’d like to remind you that you must ensure you are eligible for this scheme before applying. Please read through the eligibility criteria below carefully and ensure that you are eligible before applying.


This application will also contain a series of questions to establish whether or not you are eligible. It is important that you take great care in reading and answering these questions as we will not be able to revert your application if an error is made.


Please Note: We only allow one application for any of our Level 2-3 Apprenticeship schemes per academic year. Any subsequent applications will be withdrawn.


Job overview


As a TfL building surveyor, you will be part of the world renowned TfL Engineering. You will gain the unique experience of working as a building surveyor on essential infrastructure designed to keep London moving. You will assist in a wide variety of construction projects in the TfL portfolio, from routine maintenance to major station redevelopments.


TfL has a wide variety of properties ranging from historic listed buildings to major transport interchanges and depots. Any one of which you may be asked to survey and give reasoned advice to those who are responsible for their upkeep.


As your training develops, you will be able to identify building defects and advise on cost effective and appropriate ways to deal with them, as well as providing answers to a wide range of construction related issues.


What will I be doing?


As an apprentice, your 2 year development programme will be made up of up to 4 placement rotations. Our aim is to equip you with the range of skills and experience you need for your successful career. We also understand that everyone’s career is different, so every apprentice’s journey is unique. Here’s an idea of what yours could look like:


Year 1


Placement 1 – Working on a major project – 6 months – Assisting the Built Environment team to achieve a world class station. Reviewing detailed designs or maybe checking a completed piece of work is safe for the public to use.

Placement 2 – Commercial Development – 6 months – Identifying and specifying projects that will enhance the tenanted assets to ensure rental income is maintained or improved. Ensuring regular maintenance activities are carried out. Assisting with the management of project works

Year 2


Placement 3 – Asset Operations – 6 months – Maintenance surveys across the LU station buildings or depots. Asset condition surveys to ensure the LU assets are not degrading. Specifying minor works to enhance the working conditions of the station staff.

Placement 4 – Facilities management – 6 months – Looking after the day to day maintenance of a variety of buildings. Internal refurbishment of offices to allow them to be used by TfL staff. Reactive maintenance requests.

The above list is not exhaustive and is only given as an example of the type of work that may be undertaken. All placements are subject to needs within the different departments so you may do a placement twice. This will not affect your learning, and we will try to reflect your college work within the placements.


What do we look for?


Everything we do as an organisation is to ensure that our evolving city remains future-proof for millions of Londoners. Our talented apprentices form a vital part of that vision, so it’s important that we find the best people to help us do this. We’re looking for people who would adhere to;


·         Safe working practices

·         Being a good team player

·         Be good at listening and working on advice


As a member of the team, we’ll give you responsibility and the opportunity to add value.  If you are excited by inspiring and influencing the future of London then this is the career path for you.



Where can this career take me?


Upon successful completion of this scheme, you could roll-off into a building surveying post with TfL Infrastructure Engineering Built Environment Team which could lead to further career development opportunities such as following further studies to achieve a level 6 BSc in Building Surveying where you will be responsible for the design and implementation of any number of projects, such as step free access across the stations.  


It is TfL’s intention to bring the right candidate up to the level of Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Assoc RICS). This is a very good grounding for a fascinating career in the built environment and you will be encouraged to progress to full membership of RICS (MRICS) and beyond.


As an Associate of RICS (or any membership level) you will be expected to undertake lifelong learning to keep your skills and knowledge up to date.


What training and support will you get?


You will be working towards a Level 3 qualification in Surveying Technician.  

Typically, you will be required to attend a University which is a distance learning university.

You will be given one day per week to study, which may include workshops with the University.


Whilst on the scheme, we’ll support your technical development through a wide range of on-the-job practical experiences and placements.  We’ll also support your professional development through a combination of classroom-led training courses, online training courses, mentoring opportunities and structured networking opportunities. You will receive one-to-one support throughout the programme from your scheme sponsor and your Line Manager. You’ll also be connected to a ‘buddy’ who will be a more experienced apprentice from the scheme. 


Entry requirements


A minimum of 5 GCSE’s Grade A* - C or Grade 4 and above including Maths and English language.


You are not eligible for this scheme if you currently hold or are working towards a qualification at the same or higher level in a related subject or have already studied content from the qualification for this scheme.


 You must be 18 years of age by 1st September 2020 to be eligible for this scheme.


Meet our apprentice




Online Tests 


PLEASE NOTE: On successful completion of your application you will be sent an invitation to complete an online test - the Situational Strengths Test. You will have exactly 7 days from the date and time of being invited to complete this test.


If you have not received the email within 24 hours of submitting your application, please check your junk/spam emails or alternatively, a copy can be found in your job page TfL Careers account. Alternatively, please contact the recruitment team on 0333 0062939 (Option 1) or email us at You can contact us: Mon – Fri between 08.30 and 17.30.


No extensions will be granted, therefore if you are unable to complete your test within the 7 days, we would advise you to refrain from submitting your application at this time.  If you do not complete the tests within 7 days of receiving the email, you will be automatically removed from the process. Please note: The online test is not compatible with mobiles or tablets so please ensure you have access to a PC or laptop to complete your test.


Reasonable Adjustments


If you have any special requirements or require any reasonable adjustments, please contact us by phone or email on the contact details below.


Please Note: We need a minimum of 48 hours’ notice (excluding weekends and bank holidays) to allow us to try and accommodate reasonable adjustments. Any adjustments will be confirmed to you in writing, once received, please print a copy and bring this to the assessment with you.

Contacting Us



If at any time you need to speak to anyone within the Recruitment Team then please contact us Mon – Fri between 08.30 and 17.30 on 0333 0062939 (Option 1) or alternatively email us at