Building Surveying (Level 3)

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Work on the essential infrastructure designed to keep London moving, from stations and major transport interchanges to historic listed buildings.

Semira, Building Surveying Apprentice“I’ve always been passionate about working in the built environment. From conception to completion, I wanted to do something that would mean I could get involved in the whole process.”

— Semira, Building Surveying Apprentice


How long: 2 years
Where: London
Salary: £19,663 (reviewed in line with London Living Wage)

Scheme begins: September 2020

What you’ll need:

  • 5 GCSE’s A*-C/ grade 4 or above (or equivalent) including Maths and English language.
  • To be 18 years of age 1st September 2020 to be eligible for this scheme

We’re looking for people who are:

  • Safe working practices
  • Being a good team player
  • Be good at listening and working on advice

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.

What will I be doing?

As an apprentice, your 2 year development programme will be made up of up to 4 placement rotations. Here’s an idea of what yours could look like:

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

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.

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.


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