Skills crisis turns Ecobuild into a major recruitment opportunity

The battle for talent is being played out at Ecobuild this week.

Billed as the world’s largest event for sustainable design, construction and energy, Ecobuild attracts more than 40,000 attendees from across the built environment industry.

That’s why the SAVA School of Surveying, the educational arm of NES, is using Ecobuild to promote its qualifications to builders, installers, heating engineers and other construction trades to encourage them into new careers as residential surveyors and valuers.

There are currently about 8,500 residential valuers in the UK. But the sector is facing a demographic ticking time bomb, with more than half of surveyors aged over 50 and one in four over 60

A recent survey of 75,000 RICS members also revealed that more than two out of five were turning down new business because of the dearth of skilled workers, and a shortage in residential surveyors has led to reported delays of up to six weeks for valuations in the housing market.

The government places surveying in the top 40 jobs crucial to the UK in the next decade, and current learners at the SAVA School of Surveying see this as a way to future-proof their earning potential.

On the NES stand (N6121, right next to the North Arena), SAVA will be signing up new learners to its next open day on 17th April in Milton Keynes where they can meet representatives from RICS, Countrywide Surveyors, RPSA and BlueBox to explain the opportunities provided by the Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation.

Hilary Grayson, head of surveying services at SAVA, said:

“Every profession within the built environment needs to recruit more people, and surveying is at particular risk from a skills crisis that gets worse year on year. 

“Consequently there are real opportunities for people with construction skills and experience to achieve professional qualifications in property surveying and valuation. This year’s Ecobuild could be the career turning point for many people.

“The SAVA School of Surveying is unique in providing a Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation taught via online, distance and face-to-face learning. It is a flexible route to becoming a residential surveyor and leads to direct entry to RICS and associate membership (AssocRICS). Because it allows people to study around existing work commitments, it’s already attracting a lot of interest. We are expecting to be very busy.”

A new career in residential surveying is suited to many construction trades, providing good prospects and the potential for qualified surveyors to work with estate agents or banks, or to become self-employed.

Surveyors registered on the SAVA Scheme can also produce Home Condition Surveys which help home buyers understand the true condition of the property they want to purchase.

For more information, call the team on 01908 442158, email or download a prospectus from