Recently we have introduced an initiative to assist our clients and partner organisations in becoming full members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) too by helping them to qualify as a member by passing the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).
Under the scheme, experts from across our offices offer pro bono training and mentoring to provide the knowledge they need to pass the APC training. Candidates prepare for the assessment by taking part in mock interviews and receiving advice from the firm on presentation and interview skills.
Partner in our Leeds office, David Rastrick, said: “As property consultants and chartered surveyors we are well-versed in the APC requirements and have had a fantastic success rate for our own graduates. However, many organisations require their staff to have APC accreditation but do not have the in-house expertise that we have – in those cases we are happy to be able to help equip them with the skills and training required to achieve this.”
So far, graduates from Greggs, SIG, Costcutter, Canal & River Trust and Town Centre Securities have benefited from the mentoring scheme, which is offered at all our offices nationwide.
Alistair Staton, commercial surveyor at Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for over 2,000 miles of historic waterways in England and Wales, took advantage of our mentoring scheme and achieved his APC qualification this year. We coached Alistair through the latter stages of his written submission and conducted mock interviews with a panel of experts from the firm.
He commented: “Sanderson Weatherall’s mentoring was very helpful in allowing me to gain my full qualification. David and his team have a wealth of experience and plenty of advice, as well as conducting very authentic mock interviews and checking the format of my written submissions.
“At Canal & River Trust we have worked with Sanderson Weatherall on a variety of property matters, but providing this mentoring was definitely going above and beyond. I am very grateful to all those who offered their advice and would recommend the scheme to any of my colleagues looking to pass the APC.”
The APC consists of a written submission and a professional interview. These take place after acquiring at least two years’ relevant experience and completing a structured training programme, which provides a broad range of experience across different disciplines and departments.
David added: “Many of the companies, organisations and surveyors we have helped in this way are now clients or in partner organisations with which we have a long-standing relationship. This is a worthwhile way for us to give something back and support others within the industry by linking them with our consultants and sharing our knowledge and expertise.”