On Thursday 12 March, an alumna of William Howard, Marnie Murdie, came into school to talk to Year 13 students about degree-level apprenticeships in rural chartered surveying.
When Marnie was in Sixth Form at WHS she undertook work experience at local firm Edwin Thompson and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Marnie felt that full time university was not a route she would like to take into the industry, so researched alternatives and contacted Harper Adams University, who had just started the degree apprenticeship option. Marnie then contacted the employer and they agreed to support her through the apprenticeship.
The degree apprenticeship takes 5 years, with attendance at university in 8 week blocks starting at the end of September until March. From that point forward, Marnie works full time at Edwin Thompson. One of the advantages of being in a small company is that she can see all areas of the business and has the opportunity to progress towards partner status once qualified. This route is funded so there are no university fees and Marnie also receives a wage so can earn while she learns and at the end of the training will gain RICS accreditation
There is a shortage of people applying to her industry and she was keen to raise awareness of this route as an alternative to University, which is normally a 4 year course with a 1 year placement. There are also degree apprenticeships in other local businesses including accountancy, law and architecture.
Marnie was keen to stress that students need to be proactive if they are interested in a degree apprenticeship, as many small businesses are not familiar with this apprenticeship option. She suggests contacting a local employer and ask to do work experience as a first step. Then, find out which university offers a course to support this route and ask the employer if they can support you by working with them.
For information on degree apprenticeships please see Mrs Meakin (Sixth Form Aspirations Coach) or Mrs Hill (Careers Lead).
For more information on becoming a rural chartered surveyor visit: