LABC building control apprenticeships
This page has lots of information on local authority building control apprenticeships. Here you'll discover what it is that building control surveyors do, the entry requirements for the apprenticeship and building control degree, and much more.
First, what exactly do building control surveyors do?
Building control surveyors provide an impartial, independent and accountable third party service certifying that building work achieves compliance with minimum standards, namely those set out in the Building Regulations.
Building control differs from other surveying roles in that building control surveyors perform what is essentially an enforcement function, ensuring compliance through the Building Act 1984.
In addition to construction technology, a building control surveyor requires a full working knowledge of Building Regulations and associated legislation in force at the time work has been carried out in relation to areas such as structural, thermal, fire, acoustics, ventilation and inclusive design.
Building control surveyors must be excellent communicators as this is a highly customer-facing role, requiring diplomacy and assertiveness, remaining impartial using the powers conferred on them to prosecute if necessary to protect the health and safety of people, and the wider environment.
Entry requirements for an apprenticeship
You'll typically need a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade C or higher including Maths and English or a Level 3 apprenticeship in a construction or property related discipline, but the final decision will be that of your employer.
If you don't have Level 2 English and Maths you'll need to achieve them prior to taking the end-point assessment.
Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will be required to achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and Maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.
The University of Wolverhampton Apprenticeship BSc (Hons) degree in Building Control will open for enrolments in early 2019 and will be funded by the Apprenticeship Levy as part of the Building Control Surveyor Standard that is due for sign off by the Institute for Apprenticeships in early 2019.
The Building Control degree
The BSc (Hons) degree in Building Control, delivered and awarded by the University of Wolverhampton and designed and developed by LABC specifically for local authority building control surveyors, is the only degree programme that will provide local authority employees with the depth and breadth of knowledge needed to be a competent local authority building control surveyor.
Building control surveyors are employed by local authorities in the capacity of enforcing the Building Act and Regulations. Building control surveyors typically work as part of a team including technical support administrators and other surveyors of varying expertise and experience usually reporting to a building control manager.
Teams can vary in size dependent on location and workload.
Upon completion of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will gain a BSc (Hons) degree in Building Control.
Typically four years.
This BSc (Hons) degree in Building Control is a Level 6 qualification worth 360 credits.
20% off the job training
It is the responsibility of both the University of Wolverhampton and the local authority employer to ensure that an apprentice spends a minimum of 20% of their employed time doing off-the-job training, as set out within the funding rules. Guidance available here.
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