Base recognises its responsibility to the profession and the importance of investing in the training and development of the next generation of its talent.
In addition to the apprenticeship programme introduced last year, Base offers structured training and support to team members undertaking the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) qualification in pursuit of professional membership of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Committed to excellence
Implementing an APC programme can be a big commitment for smaller firms, but at Base, we have a comprehensive programme that guides and supports members of staff working towards their qualification.
We currently have ten team members undertaking their APC qualifications, each at various stages. The programme is led by assessor Danny Frost MRICS.
Skills and training delivery
When candidates first embark on their APC journey they are assigned a supervisor and a counsellor to support them throughout the training programme. Supervisors and counsellors are drawn from our senior team – we have two counsellors (both of whom are accredited RICS assessors) and four supervisors at Base.
In addition to regular meetings with their supervisors and counsellors, candidates are able to hone their presenting skills and showcase their learning at fortnightly ‘Lunch and Learn sessions’; which are also open to the rest of the organisation. Several opportunities to complete mock assessments in front of a panel of senior surveyors are also offered to ensure candidates are truly prepared before undertaking their final assessments.
It is important that programmes are tailored to each person’s needs; particularly as there are a number of different pathway options available to candidates.
Jack Alexander is currently working towards his APC final assessment; he says:
The breadth of knowledge you need to complete the APC has been a real eye-opener. I have regular meetings with my supervisor and counsellor and their support and direction helps keep me motivated.
It’s good to feel challenged and the fortnightly Lunch and Learns have been a really useful forum to both demonstrate what I know and address any gaps in my knowledge.”
Learning and development is not only vital to our team, but the wider construction industry. We aim to provide a first class development programme for all candidates, as we not only want to be seen as trusted advisors by our clients, but we want our clients to benefit from our expertise throughout every level of our business.