ABSTRACT

This chapter focuses on apprenticeships, which often form one of the centrepieces of creating and evidencing social value. Despite their ubiquity in the construction industry, discussion related to the social value of apprenticeships is often limited to basics such as the total number of apprenticeships created on a project-by-project basis. This chapter seeks to reverse this trend by delving deeper into apprenticeships through the lens of quantity surveying degree apprenticeships. We focus on good practice and after an outline introduction to the apprenticeship system, we present organisational case studies that offer insights into the employer-mentors’, Counsellors’ and Supervisors’ roles, and approaches to navigating the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Assessment of Professional Competence. We then discuss the apprentice experience and draw attention to the opportunity to develop skills, attract new entrants to the industry, create competitive advantage and social value, improve equality, diversity, and inclusion, and connect with the SDGs. We relate to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4 Quality education, 8 Decent work and economic growth, 10 Reduced inequalities, and 17 Partnerships for the goals.