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Trainee Surveyor Programme

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Our Trainee Surveyor Scheme

You’ll have real responsibility from day one; your time will be split between on the job training and working on live projects. You’ll learn all the skills you’ll need for a bright future in our growing business from our experienced Surveyors and Business Managers.

Visiting properties and sites to establish painting, maintenance, repair and refurbishment needs, you’ll learn to estimate costs. You’ll liaise with our trade teams, subcontractors and suppliers to manage projects to maximise customer satisfaction and profit.  As your training progresses, you will be involved in tendering and winning new work and managing relationships with our key clients.

The role will be challenging but you’ll receive all the support you need to be successful. This includes the opportunity to be seconded in your second year of the programme, giving you the chance to broaden and deepen your experience within Ian Williams Ltd.

You will join our other Trainees in attending our structured modular training programme delivered by our own Academy, and depending on your experience could also achieve further professional qualifications externally.

On completion of your training scheme you’ll be appointed as a fully-fledged Surveyor, in addition, we are proud to say that many of our trainees have progressed to management roles following their training.

Who we are

We are one of the UK’s leading property services companies with expertise in the social housing, education and commercial sectors. We are a financially secure business with a solid track record and are experiencing record profitability results.

We owe our success to our people.  We are passionate about people and firmly believe that our success will only be maintained if we continue to offer employees a great place to work and provide them with the opportunity to develop their careers and fulfil their potential; we are proud to have been awarded Investors in People Gold accreditation.

As an employee of Ian Williams you’ll share in our success.  In addition to our competitive benefits package we also have an exceptional profit share scheme providing you with the opportunity to earn up to 12.5% of salary as part of our transparent and realistic performance reward scheme.

In recognition of our commitment to our employees we are delighted to be:

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers 2016 Business of the Year
  • Awarded 9 consecutive RoSPA Gold awards
  • Winner of the National Housing Maintenance Forum’s Best Apprentice scheme 2018

Who you are

As a minimum you will need to be educated to at least A-level standard, or equivalent, and have achieved grades A to C.

Although not essential to your application, a surveying related qualification will be advantageous, such as an HNC or degree.

You may have completed some work experience in the industry already, or be completely new to it – but either way we could expect you to show passion for the work we do.

This is a great opportunity for someone who considers themselves as having an entrepreneurial flair, so you’ll need to be confident, motivated and committed to training to make the most of it.

You should have a logical, analytical approach, good spatial awareness and numerical ability, excellent IT skills, possess the ability to communicate with all types of people, including internal and external stakeholders.

About the process

We want to make sure we are right for each other and we therefore follow a robust recruitment process.

For your application to be considered you MUST complete the following questions and attach a CV.  You do this by clicking the link at the bottom of the page. You can attach both documents by clicking on ‘browse’ and once you have uploaded one document you can upload another.  If you prefer you can copy and paste your cover letter into the ‘supporting statement’ box.

In a blank Word document, answer the following questions. Please keep to the word limit where specified or your answer will not be counted.

If you are successful in proceeding to telephone interview, we will contact you within 4 weeks of the closing date of 4th May 2018.

This will be followed by an assessment centre in June 2018 for successful candidates.

Please read the 6 points carefully. There is one point for:

  1. We are looking for individuals to perform the wide-ranging role of quantity surveyor not building surveyor. State what you think a quantity surveyor does? (max 75 words)
  2. Why do you want to work in building maintenance? (max 75 words)
  3. Have you completed any work/experience (paid or otherwise) in the built environment? (max 75 words)
  4. What attributes do you possess that you believe will make you a good surveyor? (max 100 words)
  5. How would you ensure you get the most out of the trainee surveyor programme? (max 50 words)
  6. When thinking about your future career, what 3 things are most important to you? (max 75 words)

To apply for the Ian Williams trainee surveyor scheme, click here. You will need to select the region you want to work in (South West, London, Wales etc) and under these regions are listed all the traineeships we have available in that area. You may have to scroll through other available jobs until you find the traineeships positions.

Good luck!