Apprentice Commercial Property Surveyor Hicks Baker

This role will involve assisting both agency teams (Business Space and Retail & Leisure) in putting commercial properties on the market and letting or selling them. It sounds simple, but there is a lot involved in getting from A to B!

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    Working days 5 Hours per week 37.5 Hours of work 9am-5.30pm

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    5 years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    26 May 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Degree Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The individual will be part of a small self-motivated team and report to the head of the departments. 

The day to day duties will include assisting with the following:-

  • Inspecting properties in order to put them on the market including measuring (in accordance with the RICS Code of Measuring Practice); taking photographs; noting the physical condition; exploring the legal interest to be marketed; liaising with client and their advisers; investigating market value; preparing competition and comparable deals schedules; liaising with agency administrator and writing a Marketing Report.
  • Understanding and using Caldes agency software; Word, Excel and other Microsoft
  • Office suite software.
  • Assisting in the maintenance of the applicant and property databases and arranging
  • Mailings (hard copy and email) to applicants.
  • Dealing with enquiries from applicants and recording information on the agency database.
  • Conducting telephone marketing to establish interested parties
  • Accompanying applicants to viewings of properties
  • Securing offers and negotiating terms including providing advice and guidance to clients and prospective tenants
  • Preparing photographic schedules of condition
  • Preparing Heads of Terms and liaising with solicitors, clients and tenants during the legal process.
  • Maintaining database of all properties in Reading and other towns including all available property and deals
  • Assisting with projects from time to time as required by the head of department, or one of the other Directors.


Full training will be given on all aspects of commercial property to compliment the formal training which will be undertaken with the UCEM

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Self-awareness 
  • Self-confidence 
  • Ability to control stress
  • Resilience 
  • Persistence and perseverance 
  • Perceptiveness
  • Communication skills 
  • Interpersonal relationship skills 
  • Presentation skills
  • Negotiation skills Networking skills
  • A very good understanding of technology including the use of Outlook; Word; Excel; Publisher; Power Point and an ability to master bespoke software.
  • Driving licence due to the nature of the role

Personal qualities

  • A good attitude with a desire to learn and to be successful
  • An enquiring mind for the work in question; the market and the wider economy
  • A genuine interest in the built environment and the commercial market
  • An easy yet enthusiastic manner when speaking on the phone or face to face
  • Confident personality
  • Smart appearance
  • Clear speech
  • Positive body language
  • A good memory
  • Be able to listen, absorb, process and deliver

Qualifications required

For standard entry applicants, must have obtained 96 UCAS tariff points (2017 Tariff) or 230 UCAS tariff points (2016 Tariff) or have an equivalent level of attainment through recognised qualifications not included in the UCAS Tariff


Have completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Surveying or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction Technical through which a Construction and Built Environment Diploma with a minimum DD profile was obtained or through which a Construction and Built Environment Extended Diploma with a minimum MMM profile was obtained, or an equivalent qualification


Have a current RICS Associate qualification (AssocRICS)


Have GCSE Grade C or above in English and Mathematics (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) or an equivalent Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics as defined by the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England.

Recognised qualifications having an equivalent level of attainment as those recognised by UCAS include: Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND), professional qualifications from recognised institutions, certain armed forces qualifications and partially completed degrees.

Future prospects

Upon completion of the BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management and the structured workplace learning you will undertake the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence leading to registration with the RICS as a Chartered Surveyor (Commercial Property Practice) .

About the employer

Hicks Baker is an ambitious firm of chartered surveyors who are told that they ‘punch above their weight’. They pride themselves on being very good at what they are able to achieve for their clients, which they do through being as technically knowledgeable as possible and by being market savvy. They have the largest asset management department of all the firms in Reading, and they are also the only firm in the Thames Valley to have a Retail & Leisure department and they are widely acknowledged to be experts in this field. They also have a Business Space agency team and Building surveying department. They therefore deal with all aspects of commercial property from lettings and sales of offices, industrial premises, retail and leisure, development sites and investments to property management and traditional ‘professional’ work. They are very active in the business community being sponsors of the Thames Valley Property Awards and of the Thames Valley Tap newsletter and the Reading UK CiC newsletter, and frequently speak at the Thames Valley Property Conference. The firm comprises 3 directors; 11 fee earners; I consultant and 18 people in total and we occupy 3 floors of a building in Castle Street. The offices are (thankfully) air conditioned and we have on-site parking (fiercely fought over!)


Hicks Baker



Castle Street



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Training provider

On-the-job training

All aspects of the work will be fully explained and continuous guidance given. Assistance will be given with all coursework when required and wider issues within the industry discussed and explored in the office environment. Surveyors from other departments are also available to consult / discuss / educate.

Off-the-job training will be provided by the University College of Estate Management (UCEM). You will achieve a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management. Rather than attending formal lectures or classes, you’ll study using UCEM’s state-of-the-art online learning environment and digital library, supported with guidance from highly experienced tutors.

Upon completion of the BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management and the structured workplace learning you will undertake the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence leading to registration with the RICS as a Chartered Surveyor (Commercial Property Practice) .

Apprenticeship standard

Surveying > Chartered Surveyor

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Eastleigh College


Claire Seaborne 02380911226

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2017