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Graduate Property Surveyor

About Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) & For Purpose

Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) are not-for-profit organisations who provide and manage social rented housing to tenants who are in need of housing but are unable to provide their own. Whilst the vast majority of houses are provided for general needs, there are a number of specialist AHBs that provide homes for older people, people with physical and intellectual needs or previously homeless. AHBs work closely with local authorities providing alternative housing to people who are generally on the local authority waiting lists.

There are over 520 AHBs currently operating throughout Ireland, with a stock size of 30,000 homes between them. Due to the growing demand for affordable housing, many AHBs are expanding rapidly, offering numerous opportunities for graduates to enjoy a varied and rewarding career. The sector is rapidly growing in Ireland due to an increased need for social housing. 

For Purpose has partnered with three of Ireland’s largest AHBs (Clúid Housing, Túath Housing and Co-operative Housing Ireland) to recruit and train graduates trainees in property surveying. We are searching for graduates to join the For Purpose programme and work directly with our AHB partner organisations. The programme offers learning and development opportunities with access to formal accreditation, scope for progression and attractive working environments.

About our AHB Partners

Clúid Housing: Clúid Housing is an award winning, not-for-profit charity providing over 6500 affordable, high quality homes to people in housing need. Established in 1994, Clúid has grown to become the largest AHB in Ireland. Clúid aims to maximise business success as a housing association. The organisations operate as efficiently and effectively as possible and aims to ensure that its financial stewardship is of the highest standard. Surpluses are reinvested back into the organisation to further its social mission. This social mission is at Clúid’s core.

Co-operative Housing Ireland: Co-operative Housing Ireland is Ireland’s national federation for the cooperative housing sector. Since its foundation in 1973 co-operative housing has supported the provision of approximately 5,000 homes across a mix of tenures, taken responsibility for the ongoing management of 2,000 homes available at affordable rents, promoted the development of locally affiliated co-operative societies across Ireland and provided wider community development opportunities such as Childcare Services.

Túath Housing: Túath Housing provides accommodation for single people, families and those with special needs. Since its establishment in 2000, Túath has grown to become one of Ireland’s largest approved housing bodies. The organisation currently provides and manages over 4,400 homes with offices in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Dundalk. Túath’s motivation is not financially driven. It aims to provide long-term, safe and quality housing, at the best possible value whilst locally building mixed, sustainable communities. Túáth’s staff are essential to achieving this aim.

Graduate Property Surveyor

Location: Dublin

Length: 24 month traineeship in property surveying with trainees working to complete Assessment of Professional Competency (APC) and gain accreditation from the Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland (SCSI).

Hours: Monday-Friday, 37 hours per week

Role Description:

Property Surveyors work within the Property Services division of Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) to ensure the maintenance and improvement of an AHBs housing stock. A Property Surveyor’s day to day role is varied and can include conducting property surveys, stock condition surveys, managing external contractors and procurement, diagnosing defects in homes and overseeing the repairs and maintenance of homes. A Property Surveyor within an AHB will spend much of their time carrying out work inside tenants’ homes, therefore a professional and empathetic nature is essential for the role. For Purpose is searching for three Graduate Property Surveyors, with placements available in Túath Housing, Co-operative Housing Ireland and Clúid Housing.

The traineeship is for a period of 24 months with the trainee working to undertake their APC and fulfil SCSI requirements to become chartered. Full training will be provided in order to acquire accreditation. In addition to pursuing SCSI accreditation, a comprehensive training and development programme is also in place to support the growth of your professional skills and knowledge of the housing sector. While undergoing your traineeship, you will be provided with a dedicated For Purpose mentor with an extensive background in housing who you will meet with each month for a mentoring session.  You will also attend training sessions with other trainees in social housing for one day per month covering professional skills (e.g. presentation skills, communication skills, report writing) and social housing knowledge. Trainees also attend roundtable sessions throughout the year and participate in peer-led learning activities such as learning lunches.  

Traineeships in property surveying on the For Purpose programme offer an attractive remuneration and benefits package and the chance to have a direct impact in addressing Ireland’s housing needs.

Person Profile:

Are you looking for an opportunity in property surveying and to contribute to solving Ireland’s social housing needs?

We are searching for a graduate with the following profile:

  • Minimum level 7 degree in an SCSI (or equivalent) approved course
  • Attention to detail and ability to carry out work to a high standard
  • Ability to work with people in an effective manner and manage relationships with a range of stakeholders
  • Organisation skills and ability to manage a varied workload
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • High motivation level
  • High degree of initiative, flexibility and creativity
  • Full driving licence
  • Strong commitment to teamwork and ability to work on own initiative
  • Full working rights in Ireland

If you have the above profile and you are searching for an opportunity to begin a career in the not-for-profit sector then we would like to hear from you!

Remuneration & Benefits:

The role offers a number of attractive benefits and a remuneration package including:

  • Starting salary of €27,890 rising after 12 months  
  • Full provision of training requirements for APC and access to SCSI accreditation
  • Comprehensive training and development programme including one to one mentoring sessions, group training sessions with other For Purpose trainees, roundtable sessions and peer-led learning activities
  • Positive and flexible working environments
  • Generous annual leave entitlements
  • Career progression opportunities
  • City centre locations
  • Contributing to meet Ireland’s social housing needs

Entry Requirements:

  • Minimum level 7 degree in an SCSI (or equivalent) approved course

How to Apply:

Please send your CV and a cover letter to Michael Walsh via the 'APPLY BY EMAIL' button to apply.

Closing date: Friday 05th April.  

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