Davidson & Robertson says quality training pays dividends as two new Chartered Surveyors qualify.
Two newly qualified Chartered Surveyors are celebrating their success with their mentors at Davidson & Robertson, rural surveyors and consultants with offices across Scotland.
Debra Jarvie and Will Frazer have passed their Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) exams, qualifying as Chartered Members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).
The exacting exams set a very high standard for professional competence which is assessed on a mix of technical and professional practice, interpersonal, business and management skills.
Debra Jarvie joined D&R in September 2019 as a Graduate Surveyor, having gained insight to the company on a work placement as a student. She has an honours degree in Physical Geography and a Masters in Land Economy.
On joining D&R, Debra gained a breadth of experience across rural surveying services and benefitted from the support and training provided by the company. Earlier in the summer she also passed the Propertymark ARLA Level 6 Award in Residential Letting and Property Management exams whilst working in the property and forestry team. Debra has now joined the rural and agency department headed by director Lewis Anderson.
Commenting on her qualification Lewis said “Debra is very focused, methodical and very diligent so it is no surprise that she did so well. We invest heavily in our graduates so it’s great to see their success. They follow a structured two year programme before they enter the final exams which include a submission, presentation and questions surrounding their chosen competencies.
“Our experience has shown that providing the right environment to learn on the job, with the support of staff who have already qualified makes a real difference and is more likely to lead to qualifying success.
“For graduates looking for a surveying career, the support towards professional qualifications is high on their list when looking at their first job. For them it is encouraging to see our graduates do so well. This year we have an intake of six new graduates and we’re still recruiting for 2023.”
Commenting on her success, Debra said “The graduate training programme has been very helpful, and I gained a good insight and breadth of understanding across the different specialisms. Having dedicated in-house training days and time for study leave, with professional training costs covered too was very helpful and really made a difference.”
Also celebrating his exam success is Senior Surveyor Will Frazer, who joined D&R in 2021. Will began his career as a graduate Land Agent in Perth and also held roles as Assistant Factor at Glamis and Estate Manager for the Mount Stuart Trust. He joined D&R with practical experience, and the directors quickly recognised his potential to develop further, encouraging him to progress his career with a professional qualification.
Commenting on his APC exams Will said “Joining D&R gave me a strong platform to work from, they really encourage you to further your professional qualifications and give you the time and support to be able to study and work at the same time. It has given me much more confidence in my role and to sit the exam and successfully pursue professional accreditation as a Chartered Surveyor.”
There are still places left for the 2023 graduate intake for university students looking to graduate next year.