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Valuation Office Agency: graduate scheme 2022

Opportunities for real estate graduates to build their surveying career as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

The Valuation Office Agency’s graduate scheme offers real estate graduates the best possible start to a rewarding career in surveying. We’re proud that our assessment of professional competence (APC) success rates are among the best in the UK.

We’re a world leader in property valuation but we also value our people by providing high quality training and interesting and varied work, along with a great work-life balance.

Through a structured training programme, you’ll be supported to build your surveying career and gain Chartered Surveyor status as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

It’s an exciting time to join the agency. Not only are we transforming the way we work to make us more modern and efficient, but we’re also working towards the next revaluation of business properties, which means we have just over a year to value every non-domestic property in England and Wales – from airports to zoos and everything in between.

Successful applicants for our graduate scheme will receive:

  • a structured training programme delivered by training professionals
  • an experienced counsellor and supervisor to support your development along the way, as well as our own pool of APC assessors
  • career-developing surveying experiences and an opportunity to network with a wide range of property professionals
  • help and support to achieve membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) through the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

There will be plenty of variety in your work, during and after your training. One day you could be valuing a small shop, and then the next you could be involved in a national infrastructure project. We’re confident no one else can give you this range of experience.

After you’ve qualified, we’ll continue to offer learning and development opportunities, including a minimum of five working days of training each year. We also provide access to Continuous Professional Development (CPD) resources and participation in Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) activities.

Many people we have supported through our graduate scheme have quickly progressed into senior management or technical roles after their qualification. We’re also part of the Civil Service and Government Property Profession, so you could also take advantage of wider development opportunities across government.

The VOA offers a competitive national graduate salary of £26,500 (£29,000 in London) and a Civil Service Pension. We offer a range of flexible working options and a generous leave allowance that starts at 25 days, increasing to 30 days after five years of service.

We are also keen to hear from graduate surveyors who are already part-qualified or recording APC in aligned pathways such as:

  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Corporate Real Estate Valuation

Or if you have achieved, or are on course to achieve, a 2:2 or better in one of the RICS-accredited degrees:

  • Real Estate
  • Valuation

Or if you have achieved, or are on course to achieve, an MSc in Real Estate.

Application periods for 2022 Graduate Places

If you are graduating by 1 September 2022, please apply here.

The closing date for applications is 12 November 2021.

We currently have opportunities for graduates in real estate or valuation. Building surveying, quantity surveying and minerals surveying opportunities may be advertised at a later date.

Please note that we use the Civil Service Jobs portal to assist the graduate application process. You can register to create an account at Civil Service Jobs and set your profile to send ‘job alerts’ for when the application process becomes live.

If you have any questions about the graduate scheme, please contact us at developmentteam@voa.gov.uk.

Our Chief Valuer of the VOA, Alan Colston said:

“We are always looking to bring in and foster talent at the VOA, supporting our people to become qualified while gaining top level professional experience.

“I’m so proud of the results achieved by our graduates and the journey our graduate scheme sets them on. It is an excellent platform to launch a career in surveying.

“If you are studying for, or already hold, a relevant degree and want to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor within a flexible and organisation, I’d encourage you to apply.”

You can apply and read more about the entry requirements and more details about what the graduate scheme offers here.

For more information on working for the VOA, visit our Civil Service Careers page.

Graduate testimonies

Hemisha Finn

Although I did a law degree, I knew I wanted to pursue a property career as I’d particularly enjoyed my land law module. I also had a personal love of architecture, which I find incredibly interesting and beautiful. I delved a little deeper trying to find an area I would enjoy. That’s when I came across the property career opportunities in the Civil Service as well as the excellent employee benefits and pension.

My route into the Civil Service has been via the VOA. The VOA is known among students as one of the best employers in progressing the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). Not only have they given me the variety of work essential to passing my APC, but the mentor support from highly experienced colleagues has been excellent too.

My experience in working in the Civil Service has been thoroughly enjoyable - it has a fantastic work-life balance and an extremely supportive culture. For example, during my recent pregnancy, I unfortunately suffered terribly with morning sickness and other related illnesses that prevented me from sitting my APC. Although I was forced to delay my final interview, the support I had from the agency, my line manager and work colleagues was incredible. I have subsequently been successful at APC interview and have become a new mother as well - two life-changing events in one year!

My time at the moment is dedicated to my young family and those nearest and dearest to me. As well as a four-month old baby, I have two dogs and I am really enjoying taking some time out. But I’m also looking forward to the next stages of my Civil Service career including the possibility of doing a PhD with Birmingham City University.

I would wholeheartedly recommend working for the Civil Service.

David Wood

I joined the VOA as a mature graduate, having completed my MSc in Commercial Property Management at Liverpool John Moores University. I had a genuine interest and passion in valuation surveying and also an awareness of the agency’s high pass rate for graduates sitting their APCs (Assessment of Professional Competency), so it seemed like a great fit.

It very quickly became apparent why the VOA’s Graduate Scheme is so successful. I found the level of training and support to be comprehensive. Having previously been a graduate surveyor with a different employer, I was reassured by the contrast in my experience - the VOA has a much greater focus on equipping graduates with the tools they need to pass their APC.

The work a graduate is exposed to is extremely varied and interesting. I always felt trusted with an appropriate amount of responsibility. I had my own reasonable caseload early on and received constant support and guidance,allowing me to progress my cases while learning at the same time.

My first role was within the Non-Domestic Rating team and within the first few weeks I shadowed my supervisor during inspections of a huge masonic lodge, a hand car wash and various offices and shops. Following this, I rotated to the District Valuer Services where the work continued to differ. I assisted in development viability studies, took possession of land for HS2, valued portfolios of a variety of properties for Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax purposes, and carried out a valuation report on a mosque.

I successfully passed my APC and look forward to a long career with the agency. I would strongly recommend the agency’s Graduate Scheme to any aspiring valuation surveyors who are looking for a varied career.

Published 18 November 2016
Last updated 4 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. This page has been updated with accordance to the 2022 Graduate Scheme

  2. This page has been updated to display the next two intakes.

  3. This page has been updated with accordance to the 2020 Graduate Scheme

  4. Updated for the 2018 Scheme.

  5. First published.