Elliot Brooks apprentice surveyor at CADS

CADS sponsors place on UK’s first geospatial technician apprenticeship

C A Design Services (CADS) is one of a handful of companies in the East of England to recruit an apprentice for the new Geospatial Technician Apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship, which was given the go ahead by the Secretary of State for Education Damien Hinds in March this year, will give individuals the skills and training to analyse geospatial data using leading edge digital technology, such as 3D laser scanning.

Elliot Brooks, who was recruited by Gapton Hall based CADS, will undertake the Level 3 apprenticeship over the course of two years through on-the-job training and formal learning modules delivered by Dudley College in the West Midlands.

Rated Outstanding by Ofsted, this is the first year the college has offered the new Geospatial apprenticeship scheme, taught from its Centre for Advanced Building and Environmental technologies.

Elliot said:

“In the short time I’ve been with CADS, I’ve visited project sites with my surveying colleagues and have seen first hand the type of skills required and the equipment used for jobs. I’m really looking forward to completing the apprenticeship and starting my geospatial career.”

Robin Thorp, Head of Survey Services at CADS said:

“It’s a really positive move for the GIS and surveying sector. We’ve found it challenging to fill vacancies because of the national skills gap, however this apprenticeship will help bring through the next generation of geospatial professionals to deliver future projects in the region.”

Ben Hale, Business Development Manager at the college said:

 “Dudley college has invested heavily into providing brand new training facilities to support modern construction techniques in the last two years. This has enabled us to deliver new apprenticeship standards such as the Geospatial Survey Technician apprenticeship course which was launched earlier this year.”

Ben continued:

“Our efforts have been well received and it is rewarding to see that our state of the art facilities are being utilised not just by our local market but by modern construction businesses nationwide.”

The geospatial apprenticeship was developed by a group of 19 employers, led by Skanska and supported by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered institution of Civil Engineering Surevyors.


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