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Valuation Office Agency: graduate scheme 2020

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is offering opportunities to build a career as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

The Valuation Office Agency is a world leader in property valuation, and yet here, value isn’t just about property, or business rates. we define value in terms of our people: high quality training, interesting and varied work and a balance with life outside work. The VOA can give you the best possible start to a rewarding career in Chartered Surveying - plus a lot more besides.

You would be joining the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) at an exciting time. In the 2018 Spring Budget Statement the Chancellor announced that the next revaluation is to be delivered in 2021, a year earlier than scheduled. This means that we have just over 2 years to value every office, shop and industrial property in England & Wales along with everything from airports to zoos. The chancellor also announced that we will now be required to carry out revaluations every 3 years.

Our graduate scheme has an enviable reputation with assessment of professional competence (APC) success rates, which are amongst the best in the UK.

For those working on our graduate program we will provide:

  • a structured training program delivered by professional trainers
  • an experienced counsellor and supervisor 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
  • a strong focus towards helping you achieve membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) using the assessment of professional competence (APC)

There would be plenty of variety in your work during your training and after. You could be valuing a small shop one day, then be involved in a national infrastructure project such as the HS2 railway link. We’re confident no one else can give you this range of experience.

After you have qualified we continue to provide learning and development opportunities, including a minimum of five working days training per 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. There are new opportunities becoming available all the time. As we also form part of the Government Property Profession and Civil Service, you would be able to take advantage of wider development opportunities. So not only do we support you towards achieving MRICS status, we ensure you continue to develop your career into the long term.

The VOA offers a competitive national graduate salary of £28,443 per annum (£32,380 in London) and a Civil Service Pension. You would work a flexible 37 hours a week, so you can enjoy your time both in and outside work. If you have achieved, or on course to achieve an upper second class (2:1) or better in one of the RICS-accredited degrees:

  • Real Estate
  • Surveying
  • Valuation

If you have achieved, or on course to achieve an MSc in Real Estate by September 2019, then please apply via the following links:

Graduate Valuation Surveyor

The closing date for applications is 7 January 2020

Graduate testimonies

Daniel Ambler

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is notorious for providing a high standard of training towards the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) with the aim of making surveyors like myself, into members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

I embarked on the VOA graduate scheme in September 2017 after studying Real Estate at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. From day one I was allocated an APC Supervisor and Counsellor within my local office who were dedicated to tailoring my work to help me gain the required experience in valuations for different purposes and across all property classes.

My rotation on Non-Domestic Rating gave me the opportunity to take responsibility for cases, some of which ultimately resulted in attendance at Valuation Tribunal. Whilst on the Statutory Valuations Team I dealt with a high value agricultural estate comprising of both commercial and residential properties and various different types of tenancies. My experience on Property Services enabled me to undertake development appraisals and provide advice to Public Sector Clients.

By having successfully passed my Assessment of Professional Competence in October 2019, I can highly recommend the VOA Graduate Scheme and the varied and interesting training provided, with knowledge that there is always someone to help and support you.

Daniel Ambler

Daniel Ambler

Fenella Bowling, based in West Yorkshire

I started the VOA graduate scheme in September 2018 after recently completing the MSc in Real Estate which was sponsored by the VOA. I joined the VOA back in 2013 so had knowledge of some of the systems although the graduate training programme has been extensive and provided me with new skills.

I recently rotated to the District Valuer Services (DVS) after having spent a year on Non-Domestic Rating. Since starting the programme I’ve been involved in a wide variety of work including Non-domestic rating appeals, valuations in preparation for the 2021 Revaluation, HS2 work, asset valuations, Red Book Reports and Inheritance Tax cases.

For me the best thing about the VOA graduate programme is the people. There are so many experienced colleagues in the VOA who are happy to help if you ask. Being willing to get involved in almost anything has enabled me to make the most of the programme. It is hard work and time management is vital but the programme is very rewarding and the VOA’s working conditions mean it is still possible for me to maintain a really good work life balance.

This year, along with the rest of my graduate cohort, I will be working towards the APC assessment. We already know that we will have at least one mock interview to help us prepare before we prepare to sit in Autumn 2020.

Fenella Bowling

Fenella Bowling

Henry Plant

I joined the VOA as a graduate surveyor after completion of my MSc in Real Estate from the Royal Agricultural University. I started my journey working with in the Non-Domestic rating arm of the organisation and from an early stage was given responsibility for my own cases. I have had the opportunity to negotiate positions and present my findings and recommendations to senior colleagues. There has been an amazing amount of support throughout my time within the organisation. I was allocated a dedicated Counsellor and Supervisor to aid my development and preparation for the APC. Since joining I have been able to work on a wide range of properties and valuations from shops, offices, industrial units, farms and many more.

I have recently rotated into the District Valuer Service (DVS). My time spent with Non-Domestic Rating has helped to ensure I was in a good positions to embrace this new opportunity. Since my rotation I have been able to work on a number of asset valuation projects assisting with larger portfolio valuations for accounting purposes. No two days are the same within the agency and work is incredibly varied making it interesting and engaging from the outset. As a result of the experience and support that the agency is able to offer I hope to be successful in passing my APC in the near future.

Apply for graduate places in 2020

Please note that currently we have opportunities for Graduate Valuation Surveyors. Building surveying, quantity surveying and minerals surveying opportunities will be available at a later date.

Please note that currently we have opportunities for Graduate Valuation Surveyors. Building surveying, quantity surveying and minerals surveying opportunities will be available 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.

Published 18 November 2016
Last updated 17 December 2019 + show all updates
  1. This page has been updated with accordance to the 2020 Graduate Scheme

  2. Updated for the 2018 Scheme.

  3. First published.