Apprentice Chartered Surveyor - Rural DixonSmith LLP

A 5-year training programme (Level 6 Apprentice), which includes working towards gaining chartered status from year 3. Full training will be provided for all skills required, such as conducting meetings, inspecting sites and preparing reports. Applicants will be considered on merit and we are looking for you to have ambition, great communication and a genuine interest in rural property and the rural environment.

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Closing date: 02 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary range between £17,000 to £20,000 per annum dependent on previous experience. 25 days annual leave Pension contribution (over age 21) Social events

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday – 9am-5.30pm; some flexibility is required, and ½ day per week will be allocated to study.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    60 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    18 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Duties include:

  • Support the Partners in the management of rural estates and property
  • Develop and manage relationships with clients
  • Attending client meetings
  • Prepare client communications and reports
  • Basic Payment and Environmental Scheme Applications
  • All other aspects of rural surveying
  • Report writing
  • Site inspections and Records of Condition
  • Negotiation and engagement with stakeholders

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

You will work towards achieving the Chartered Surveyor Degree apprenticeship, which includes:

BSC (Hons) degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management (REALM)

You will also work towards your APC (the Assessment of Professional Competence), which is the final assessment of your apprenticeship and leads to the MRICS qualification (Chartered Surveyor).

Training will be delivered by Harper Adams University through block weeks of training, supported by activities in the workplace such as work shadowing. There will be 8 block weeks of training throughout the year on campus that you will be expected to attend.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

After successfully attaining your qualification, the path will be open for you to progress into many roles in the industry, such as:

  • Rural Chartered Surveyor
  • Senior Chartered Surveyor
  • Associate Practice Partner
  • Practice Partner

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Administrative skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Essential
A Level or equivalent 3 A Levels (Grade A-C) Essential

Things to consider

You will need to balance work, study and home life and manage different priorities for meeting deadlines at work and also for academic study. You will be supported by your employer and the university to do this but you will need to manage your time effectively in order to meet these potentially competing demands. The role is for a rural surveyor, which will include visiting clients across the region, so access to transport is essential

About the employer

We are a friendly, small, rural surveyors practice based in Exeter and you will be joining a team of 2 full time Land Agents (the colloquial term for a Rural Surveyor) who have over 40 years of combined professional experience in the sector. Our clients are a mix of various sized rural estates in the South West predominantly in Devon & Cornwall for which we provide Estate Management services. The work of a Rural Surveyor draws on a wide range of professional and technical skills and knowledge in key areas including agriculture, management of the built environment and the natural environment and landscape. Every day is different, for instance one day we could be offering inheritance tax advice to a Baronet and the next we could be in our wellies identifying stewardship opportunities for a farmer. The most important part of our role is communication and interpersonal skills. We strive to provide the best client service by employing and training the best people within our sector.


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Training provider



Debbie Laming

Apprenticeship standard

Chartered surveyor (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

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