I started keeping my diary for the APC -Building Surveying route at the start of the year whilst I was working for a consultancy company who specialised in social housing. At the consultancy company there was a lot of help regarding the APC which included having a mentor and supervisor. After my contract finished with the consultancy company I managed to find a role as a project manager for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
I would like to carry on with my APC but there is no one within this organisation within a similar role or with similar experience of the APC. I have been at LSTM for 4 months now and have put all my focus into settling in and making a good impression but now I feel I should have a good go at starting the APC again.
We work closely with a consultancy company who have offered to help me through the APC but I was wondering if this is ok with my supervisor etc being from another company?
I am also concerned that I will not be able to reach the level of competencies whilst undertaking a multi-million pound refurbishment project.
I have started leaning towards the project management side rather than building surveying and was wondering if anyone could suggest paths to go down to better my qualifications if the APC route is out of the question whilst being in this role.
Any help or advice will be greatly received!
Hi there…lots of issues… I’ll try and pick them off individually:
I assume you are currently doing Grad Route 1…
1. Change of firm: OK, just make sure your new employer will commit to getting an APC Training Agreement set up. This basically confirms their agreement to support you.
2. Supervisor needs to be provided by your employer. They need not be chartered but do need to be able to confirm the work you are doing day to day. I suggest this would be your line manager. I would not suggest this role is done by an external individual who does not know the detail regarding your day to day work.
3. External consultancy offering to help sounds great and as long as they are chartered they can act as your counsellor and work with your supervisor to evaluate the experience you are gaining. I would also challenge you to consider that the counsellor needs to be from your pathway as your supervisor may not be and is not chartered.
4. Changing roles / pathway. If you are currently following the BS pathway but doing predominantly project management this is going to cause you a problem within BS if you cannot cover the competencies. Why not consider Project Management or Facilities Management pathways as a thought? Careful consideration needs to be exercised here and make sure you discuss this closely with your supervisor and counsellor. Ultimately the route you decide to follow needs to be based upon what you want to do in the future and maybe if Building Surveying is what you want to do then short term, in your current employment, you may not achieve the depth and breadth of competency immediately.
See my FREE APC Forums: http://www.delever.com/apcforum/book/
I hope this helps