School Leaver Programmes

Going to university and pursuing a degree is not the only option available to bright students. With the significant cost of a degree combined with its potential devaluation, you may want at least to consider your options. There are a number of firms offering very attractive School Leaver Programmes. These are well paid and you may find run parallel to many graduate schemes. They have the attraction of being less competitive at A level entry, therefore gaining you entry into an organisation that you may struggle to secure as a graduate, when the competition is fiercer. You will also be debt free. These schemes are becoming increasingly popular with employers. 






Schemes include:

Property Consultancy: Allsop Apprenticeships

allsopAllsop is an independent property consultancy, working on both resdential and commercial premises. They are also the UK’s largest property auction house. Allsop fully supports trainee and apprenticeship schemes. Apprenticeship schemes can vary from one to four years, depending on your level of qualification and are generally open to 16 to 24 years olds that are permitted to work in the UK. 

Not only will you get on the job training, but Allsop will invest in your career by helping you gain a recognised qualification, accreditation or degree by the end of the scheme.

They have offices in London, Dublin, Brighton, Leeds and Glasgow.  


Property Consultancy: Rider Levett Bucknall

riderlevettbucknallRider Levett Bucknall is an independent, global property and construction practice with over 3,500 people in more than 120 offices across Asia, Oceania, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Americas. Services provided include Cost Management, Project Management and Advisory Services. They offer 2 school leaver programmes:

  • Project Planning and Management - roles include a project manager or construction manager
  • Surveying - roles include a building surveyor, cost consultant or quantity surveyor 

Property: Cushman & Wakefield Apprenticeship Programme

Cushman & Wakefield is a global leader in commercial real estate services, helping clients transform the way people work, shop, and live. The firm’s 43,000 employees in more than 60 countries provide deep local and global insights that create significant value for occupiers and investors around the world. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate services firms.

Their Apprenticeship scheme is coming soon... 

Property: Gerald Eve Apprenticeships

Gerald Eve is a firm of international property consultants based in the UK. They operate a national network of nine offices and an international alliance of independent real estate providers covering Europe and major US markets. 

They have opportunities for bright and enthusiastic individuals to join their two year Level 3 Surveying Technician Apprencticeship programme and one year Business Administration NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship programme. Theyprovide full support for your apprenticeship with an accredited training provider, as well as on the job training and opportunities to improve and develop your skills in communication, planning, organising, problem-solving, teamwork and confidence. You need to be educated to at least GCSE level, with grade C and above in maths and english, and show enthusiasm, desire and and most of a willingness to learn and expand your skills and knowledge.

Property: Savills Property Apprenticeship

Savills UK is a leading global real estate service provider. The company employs over 30,000 staff and has 600 offices and associates worldwide, providing apprentices with excellent exposure to an international business.

Savills apprenticeship roles are available across the UK. The Programme lasts 5 years, and offers a permanent job contract.  Working four full days in the office with the fifth day spent at University you will gain a foundation degree (during years one and two) and then a full undergraduate degree in Surveying (years 3-5). Savills work with The Chartered Surveyors Training Trust to offer Property apprenticeship opportunities accross the business. 

Your university fees are paid by Savills and the starting salary is in the region of £15,000 per year.

Qualifications Required: You should preferably have 2 or 3 A Levels and preferably GCSEs should be with grades A-C in English, Maths and Science.

Quantity Surveying: EDF Energy Commercial Apprenticeship

EDF Energy offers a Commercial Apprenticeship. 

Hinkley Point C (HPC) will be the first in a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK. Construction and all supporting activities will be carried out by a large and diverse supply chain overseen by a project team. The Commercial function within the HPC Project Team is responsible for the placement and management of all of the contracts required to construct and commission the plant. This includes pre-contract procurement activities; managing tendering processes; contract negotiations and subsequent post contract commercial management.

Whats involved?

The HPC Commercial Apprenticeship Programme will instil all the qualities and skills required to kick-start your career as a commercial professional with EDF Energy and the HPC project. You will spend 5 years learning from experts as part of the apprenticeship and, as well as getting valuable real world experience, you will study for a university level qualification. You can expect on-the-job training, classroom learning and the kind of practical experience you simply can’t get on a university campus.

During the apprenticeship you’ll also be working towards attaining membership of a professional body, which demonstrates to the supply chain and peers that you work to the highest professional and ethical standards. With support you’ll study for a Construction and the Built Environment HND at Bridgwater College and then a Construction and Quantity Surveying Degree at University of the West of England (UWE).

At the end of the apprenticeship you will move into a permanent role in the Commercial team with responsibility for managing your own portfolio of contracts.

During the apprenticeship you will work in our central Bristol office, with opportunities to work at other EDF Energy NNB locations and with supply chain partners.

Block and day release training will be at Bridgwater College (years 1 and 2) and the University West of England (years 3-5).

You require:

You will require:

  • A National Certificate/Diploma in a business related programme with a merit profile, or
  • A National Certificate/Diploma in a construction/engineering discipline with a merit profile, or
  • A Levels, equivalent to 120 UCAS points
  • Applicants will usually also require at least 4 GCSE passes (at grade C or above), including Maths and English or their Level 2 equivalents

Surveying:Lambert Smith Hampton: Surveying Apprenticeship

lambertsmithLambert Smith Hampton are a national commercial property consultancy with a network of offices across the UK and Ireland. They offer Surveying Apprentices which are two-year training contracts, aimed at school leveers. You will attend college one day a week and work towards a NVQ qualification and Associate Membership of the RICS. 

To apply you need to register on their career page sending a covering letter. 

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