Quantity Surveyor - Degree Apprentice - Birmingham

As an Apprentice Quantity Surveyor, working in either our office or site locations, you will gain valuable experience and build your career working as part of our Quantity Surveying team in successfully delivering our projects to ensure that they are financially viable for both John Sisk & Son and its Clients.

You will follow a training programme as part of our RICS-accredited Degree Apprenticeship, geared towards you achieving Chartered Surveyor status with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The Assessment of Professional Competence process for MRICS is included in the final assessment process for this Apprenticeship and will lead to the designatory letters MRICS and the status of Chartered Surveyor.

As an Apprentice Quantity Surveyor, working in either our office or site locations, you will you will gain valuable experience working as part of our Quantity Surveying team in successfully delivering our projects to ensure that they are financially viable for both John Sisk & Son and its Clients. 

John Sisk and Son; Construction of Arena Bridge over the River Avon - Bristol

The Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone is a development covering 70 hectares around Temple Meads station. The challenge is to open up old railway sidings for mixed use, including an ambitious 12,000 capacity arena. The access works delivered by Sisk are key to this, and the bridge built on site by Italian bridge contractors, Cimolai, and launched over the River Avon is the first step to creating a new and vibrant area of the city centre.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Developing an understanding of the procurement process to realise best value whilst maintain quality and safety standards;
  • Develop relationships with supply chain partners and Clients;
  • Assisting the project teams with measurement, take offs and valuations;
  • Assist the project team with the preparation of payment notices, final accounts and interim external valuations;
  • Assisting the project teams with the management of costs through the construction phase of the project;
  • Valuing the cost of any variations during the construction phase;
  • Assist the project team in the efficient management of site records as well as assisting with the collation and preparation of records;
  • Develop an awareness of John Sisk & Son commercial processes and understand how these can be used to assist you in your day to day role;
  • Develop an awareness of monthly cost and value reconciliation reports and understand how these are used in the reporting cycle of our projects;

Typically, an apprentice QS will work 5 days per week with 4 days in the workplace and 1 day allocated to study time.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

As a an apprentice Quantity Surveyor, you will need to:

  • Have strong numerical skills
  • Have the ability to work proactively as part of a team
  • Have the ability to plan and prioritise
  • Have good attention to detail
  • Be eager to learn
  • Be a self-starter
  • Have good communication skills – verbal and written
  • A passion for a career in the construction industry

Whilst we will be able to develop you personally and professionally throughout your career with John Sisk & Son, what we cannot develop is your passion for the industry and profession, which is why we are looking for enthusiastic and proactive individuals.

Personal qualities

You will have well developed interpersonal skills including effective organisational skills and be motivated to manage and drive your own development, as well as having the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

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 equivalent 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) Quantity Surveying and the structured workplace learning you will undertake the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence leading to registration with the RICS as a Chartered Surveyor.

Things to consider

Balancing workload and own study time, having the commitment to both without jeopardising either throughout the course of the programme. Driving licence would be an advantage. Please note that during the selection process apart from the interviews to be arranged in summer 2017, we may ask shortlisted candidates to complete various short online assessments.

Opportunity Overview

  • Closing Date: Jun 2, 2017
  • Salary: £17,000
  • Placement Duration: Year-long
  • Location: Birmingham
  • Region: West Midlands
  • Type: Work Placement / Internship

Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

To Apply

Job ID Number: VAC001213109
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