Quantity surveyors in the UK are in high demand but also in short supply. The ageing demographic of the UK workforce and the impact of Brexit will make it vital that the skills shortage is addressed. Just in Wales alone, it is estimated that the industry will need 1,300 recruits annually to fill gaps left in the industry due to retirement. This degree course aims to produce graduates with the necessary quantity surveying skills to fill the gap in the UK construction industry.
Construction contributes about £132 billion to the fixed assets that underpin the UK economy. As described by CIOB (2020) we have more than 28 million homes, ¼ of a million miles of roads, 46 airports 350,000 miles of sewers and 10,000 miles of national rail. Increasingly as an industry, we are seeing the effects of digital technologies on the way we work such as drones and virtual and augmented reality. The construction industry also has an important role to play in the move towards greater energy efficiency and sustainability.
This programme is designed with the above issues in mind. For example, module outcomes address concerns such as sustainability, energy efficiency, facilities management along with the more familiar outcomes such as management theories, literacy, problem-solving and client needs. Supplementing these is a range of higher-level skills which have been designed to integrate with module outcomes.
This programme will meet industry demands and in doing so provide a sound intellectually demanding vocational learning experience linked to industry and professional body a requirement that satisfies the needs of both students and employers. Furthermore, the programme team has developed the aims of the programme to enhance the development of technical competence and training at a level, which is capable of meeting the industry’s current requirements for middle management.
Graduates of the Quantity Surveying Programme will find employment in either the consultant side of the industry as Quantity Surveyors, advising clients on the economics of their development projects or in roles such as Commercial Managers within the contracting side of the industry. At the end of the course, it is anticipated that graduates will have acquired sufficient skills to be able to fulfil the role of a graduate quantity surveyor in either of these sectors. We have an excellent record of employment for our graduating students.