Victoria HampsonThe RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is hosting a free event on 22 July in Newcastle to give local employers in the land, property and construction sectors the opportunity to grow their business by delivering RICS Trailblazer apprenticeships.

Trailblazer apprenticeships have been hailed by many industries as revolutionary as they offer a more employer-focused approach to the development, delivery and funding of apprenticeships. Under the Trailblazer funding model, the government will contribute two thirds of the total cost of training, up to a cap, with employers contributing the other third.

RICS – a professional body which sets standards in the land, property and construction sectors – is already working with a number of North East firms, including Gardiner and Theobald, DTZ and Balfour Beatty, to deliver a range of Trailblazer apprenticeships. Upon successful completion, apprentices become surveyors in a property sector of their choice – including commercial, construction and residential – and gain membership of RICS.

Victoria Hampson, RICS Regional Director, North & Midlands said: “Taking on an apprentice is a great opportunity to grow and develop talent for your business. But apprenticeships have changed a lot recently and the process of taking an apprentice on can seem complicated and daunting.

“This free session will give employers the opportunity to meet our future talent team and find out how these Trailblazer apprenticeships have the potential to simplify recruitment and significantly improve the skills epidemic in the industry.”

RICS Apprenticeships: Your questions answered will be held on Friday 22 July1.30pm-4pm – at Newcastle City Campus. To reserve your place visit: or contact Kim Bailey at RICS e:  t: 01924 229 303