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Graduate and Apprenticeship Opportunities

What We Offer

David James is proud of its graduate programme. We are passionate about nurturing young chartered surveyors in an industry that is faced with more challenges than ever before. Now is the time to welcome innovation and new ideas. Many of our current staff have attended top universities specialising in rural studies and surveying. We offer the opportunity to gain your RICS qualification via two different routes.

See our current vacancies.

Graduate Pathway  

If you have obtained a RICS accredited degree then we offer graduate positions with a varied role.  You will have the opportunity to build your knowledge in all the areas we cover such as land and rural property sales, planning and development, environmental schemes, commercial property valuation, compulsory purchase and compensation matters.  

During your APC process you will be offered guidance and support which is made up of more individual one-to-one support and the opportunity to work with other graduates, newly qualified and more senior surveyors in the company.

We provide assistance and guidance in the preparation of your case study and submission documents and in the final stages of the APC process we will provide a number of mock interviews to ensure you are ready.

Alongside the RICS qualification we give graduates the opportunity to gain their qualification as Agricultural Valuer with the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers with the opportunity to attend a number of tutorials and an internal mock exam day.  

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Apprenticeship Pathway 

We work with Harper Adams University to offer those who would like to leave full time education after A Levels the opportunity to gain a RICS accredited degree by studying part time whilst working with us. The course lasts 5 years and you will spend 8 weeks per academic year based at Harper Adams. Upon successful completion of the course, you will achieve a BSc (Hons) Rural Enterprise and Land Management degree and then progress to the APC for full Chartered Membership of the RICS as part of the End Point Assessment.  

Current Vacancies 

Placement Student

We have sandwich year placement opportunities commencing Summer 2024 available in our Rural department.  The placements can be based at Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire, Magor in Monmouthshire or Wrington in North Somerset.  

Working within a rural team you will have the opportunity to assist our qualified surveyors with a wide variety of work including:

Rural Agency – Farm and Land sales
Compensation & Utilities
Rural and Commercial tenancy
Rural support schemes

Qualifications and Skills
Working towards a relevant degree
Practical rural knowledge preferred but not essential
Team focussed and self-motivated
Commitment to high standards of work and quality service to clients
Strong IT skills
Excellent communication skills,
Full UK driving licence and own car required

What we offer
One-year placement
Salary of £18,000
Guidance and support on starting your APC diary
25 days holiday
Employee assistance programme
Eye care voucher scheme

How to apply 
Please email your CV and cover letter to Samantha Parry, Operations and HR Director at or apply using the form below.

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Please fill in the form below or contact us if you have any questions.

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