Valuation Office Agency: placement year scheme

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

Why choose the VOA placement year scheme?

Our placement scheme is designed to help you get the most out of your year working in the surveying industry. We will provide:

  • a structured training programme delivered by professional trainers
  • an experienced supervisor and counsellor to support you along the way
  • career developing surveying experiences and an opportunity to network with a wide range of property professionals
  • a strong focus towards helping you record your experiences against the requirements of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) assessment of professional competence (APC)

There would be plenty of variety in your work during your training and after. Our placement will give you the greatest range of experience, and the best opportunities to demonstrate and develop your surveying skills.

The VOA offers a competitive placement salary of £22,300 per annum (£25,630 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.

You would be joining the VOA at an exciting time as we embark on an ambitious programme of change. This ensures that we continue to offer a professional and quality valuation and property advice service to government and other customers into the future.

As the UK’s largest valuation organisation the VOA employs nearly 3,800 people. The VOA can give you the best possible start to a rewarding career in Chartered Surveying - plus a lot more.

The recruitment of Placement Students for September 2018 has not yet been finalised. However, if you are undertaking a RICS accredited Estate Management, Surveying or Valuation degree and you are looking for an inspiring placement with a well-established employer, then please revisit this page regularly for further updates.

Placement testimonies

Lizzie Oliver, Tower Hamlets office, Nottingham Trent University

I have spent six months in the referencing team, developing my inspection, measurement and rating skills and knowledge. I go out on inspection around London nearly every week, and have had the opportunity to inspect and value some high end properties. After six months in this team, I will then rotate to the Appeals team where I’ll sharpen my valuation skills. I have thoroughly enjoyed working here for the last six months and have been fully supported towards recording against the RICS APC. I hope to come back to the VOA graduate scheme to complete my APC and achieve MRICS status.

Henry Wadsworth, Leeds office, Sheffield Hallam University

The VOA have provided me with exemplary training which has given me the confidence and ability to undertake the various different roles which the placement position offers. I have inspected, valued and appraised all property types – from a farm in Mansfield, to a prime office block in Leeds City Centre. The flexible working hours have enabled me to benefit from a comfortable work life balance. The colleagues I’ve worked with have been really helpful and have assisted me when necessary. Overall, I feel that the VOA are a great company to work for. Their placement position is a truly indispensable experience – it’s an ideal way to begin preparation for the RICS APC!

Ophelia Avent, Bristol office, University of West of England

My placement scheme has included two 6 month rotations. I’m currently working in the Referencing team, where I’ve learnt the importance of determining all valuation significant features through inspection of a wide range of property classes. The training events provided by the VOA have helped prepare me for all aspects of work. I’m really looking to progressing rating appeals and complex valuations. At the VOA I find there is a great atmosphere and the support I’ve received makes the VOA an enjoyable place to work.

Published 18 November 2016
Last updated 20 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated for the 2018 Graduate Scheme.
  2. Updates to applications acceptance dates and current placement testimonies.
  3. First published.