Building and Facilities News is incredibly pleased to feature the SAVA School of Surveying as its selected Training and Accreditation Company of the Month.
The SAVA School of Surveying is owned by National Energy Services Ltd (NES), a business based in Milton Keynes. Initially established in 1999 and acquired by NES in 2003, SAVA actively strives to promote better quality surveys for people buying and selling homes. Hilary Grayson, Principal Consultant and Head of Surveying Services at SAVA, explained more, “This scheme was formed to ensure competency frameworks were established for surveyors.”
The SAVA School of Surveying was created to address the current skills shortage in the surveying industry and provide a new, vocational route into the profession. In June 2014 the school launched the level 6 Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation, giving those without a relevant undergraduate degree an opportunity to pursue a career in this area.
Once qualified, SAVA graduates receive direct entry into the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) at Associate member level, and are eligible to join the SAVA Scheme to produce Home Condition Surveys.
“The SAVA School of Surveying is an utterly unique offering – there is nothing else like it,” Hilary commented. “We create opportunities for people who want to become surveyors but may have missed the boat because they didn’t get into university or because they did the wrong degree. As a proposition it has great credibility due to its association with RICS and NES – these aren’t flighty organisations, they are trade bodies that have been around for a long while, so SAVA is incredibly relevant.”
Clients that generally fit the profile are males and females aged between 25-45 with backgrounds in property, construction, estate agency or gas and electrical engineering who can’t progress further in their current positions or require a job which is less physically demanding than the one they are currently in. Typical applicants are looking to take the necessary step forwards, aspiring to either develop their existing skillsets or enter a completely new career.
“The programme is designed for the learner to achieve a vocational qualification, equivalent to a degree,” Hilary continued. “It is structured in a way that ensures entrants can work and learn at the same time. Candidates must commit to 26 days of training over the course of a 12 month period and are encouraged to complete 10 hours of study a week in order to build up a strong portfolio of evidence.”
With its wealth of industry experience and team of expert trainers, the SAVA School of Surveying has a known reputation for excellence. The quality of both teaching and assessment procedures are meticulously managed and are carried out by fully qualified Chartered Surveyors (trainers and assessors) to ensure the graduates meet the highest possible standards.
SAVA’s main aims involve the development of further qualifications; its most recent course (although presently available for study in Milton Keynes) is going to be introduced in Barnsley this October.
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