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Careers at Core Five

Do you want a rewarding career where you can achieve your potential with an individual player in the industry? Then come and talk to us at Core Five. We are a young, award winning company providing opportunities for a cross section of surveyors to work with leading developers and innovative design teams on prestigious projects.

Our continued success is hugely dependent on our people and our ability to help them grow their careers. We are always looking for talented and driven individuals to help deliver our aim of being Consultant of choice for our Clients. We are seeking to be the best at what we do wherever we do it and are always looking to expand our strong team to do so.

Why choose CORE FIVE…

Support to achieve your career goals

Focus on personal development and progression

Outstanding APC success rate

Market leading APC graduate development programme

Performance related bonus / profit share

Challenging and fun work environment

Exceptionally good staff retention rate

Partnership level opportunities

Wide range of sports and social activities

So what are you waiting for?

Send your CV and a covering email to us today!

As part of the 2018 graduate non-cog intake at Core Five, I have been supported not only in my career change to Quantity Surveying, but also by the great emphasis placed on my welfare during this transition.

— Marko

Senior Project Surveyor

Core Five's monthly graduate forum, mock interviews, and support. allow me to expand my knowledge and understanding of key topics in preparation for the APC.

— Prina

Assistant Surveyor

There were real benefits from studying whilst working full-time at Core Five, as the hands on project experience and exposure to Partner experience were instrumental in achieving my potential.

— Alfie

Senior Project Surveyor

The work at Core Five is fast paced and we have a wide range of pre and post contract projects to provide a well rounded career.

— Siobhan


As part of the graduate mentoring scheme Core Five has provided a supportive programme which allows us to pass on expertise in a timely and structured manner.

— Hannah

MEP Associate

The professional development of our team is of the utmost importance to myself and the rest of the business and we actively promote and encourage our talented surveyors to achieve their career goals.

— David



Career Opportunities

In this fast paced environment our recruitment needs are constantly changing and we will always take the time to review and consider every job application. So, if you don’t see a suitable opportunity in this section, please send your CV to Nicky Hannon and she will be in touch.

Graduates, Placements & Apprenticeships

Experienced Professionals (2+ Years)

Experienced Chartered Professionals

Senior Project Surveyor
Senior Employer’s Agent

/Core Foundations

Graduate Opportunities

At Core Five we place great emphasis on our graduates, selecting high calibre individuals and guiding their progression through to becoming Chartered Quantity Surveyors and that proud moment of passing their Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and becoming a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

As a student member of the RICS, you will join Year 1 of our Core Foundations training scheme and commence your APC training to become a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.

There are many recently qualified Chartered Quantity Surveyors within the company who are now active APC Supervisors, passing on the benefit of their recent experience of the APC process to our current graduates in order to advance their APC progression. There really is a focus on career progression right from the start at Core Five, with a particular focus on success with the APC. This is demonstrated by the regular graduate forums, CPD sessions arranged in-house and regular reviews to ensure suitable experience is gained, all part of Core Foundations.

Core Foundations

Core Foundations is chaired by Howard Spurgin FRICS who is actively involved with RICS including, amongst other commitments, as an Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Assessor and an Auditor of the APC Final Assessment process. This up to date and hands-on knowledge gives our graduates and trainees first class support in being successful in the APC practical training and experience that leads to RICS membership.


It is expected that all graduates (both cognate and non-cognate) will have achieved, or have been predicted to achieve, a minimum 2.1 award in their undergraduate degree.

Non-cognate graduates are welcome to apply and will typically undertake a further post-graduate degree in Quantity Surveying at a university, usually of their choice, sponsored by the company.


Applications for our graduate intake open in the October of the preceding year, to coincide with the graduate recruitment calendar. The application deadline is 16th November. Those who are successful will be invited to attend our virtual graduate assessment day (early-December). Starting dates can be throughout the year, as early as February, or as late as October.


To start the application process for our graduate scheme, please click here to send your CV and a covering letter to Nicky Hannon. We will be in touch shortly afterwards.

Send your CV and a covering email to us


What our recruits say

As a trainee I am currently completing my degree to become a quantity surveyor. Working full time with dedicated study blocks and mentor support, allows me the depth and breadth of experience needed to put into practice what I am learning.

— Aidan

Trainee Surveyor

My role at Core Five is incredibly versatile, allowing me to mentor and nurture the graduates whilst further expanding my own knowledge base by supporting one of our Partners on large scale residential projects.

— Bob

Senior Project Surveyor

This is a company with a diverse, driven group of people that have great experience and knowledge of the industry, which has benefitted my learning experience already and is aiding me with my APC development. Core Five is a very social firm that cares for its people, offering great team bonding opportunities such as the Staff Conference in the French Alps in 2018 which all employees are invited to!!!

— Ben

Placement Student

Placement Opportunities


Applications for placements from university students on Quantity Surveying sandwich degrees are warmly welcomed at Core Five. These placements range from 10 week summer placements to 12 month placements taking you up to the start of your final year.

The experience you will gain from this period within the industry will be pivotal to your final year studies and we hope that you will want to return to join us as a graduate upon completion of your degree.

As a student member of the RICS, you will join Year 1 of our Core Foundations training scheme and be able to use this period as experience within your APC training to become a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.


Placement students will be expected to be on course to achieve a minimum 2.1 award in their undergraduate degree.


Applications for our placement intake opens in September of the preceding year, although we are always willing to speak with the right candidate. Placement positions will commence from June each year.


Assessment of candidates will be by personal interview following submission of an up to date CV and covering letter providing further supporting information to their application.

Send your CV and a covering email to us



We understand that not all future surveyors want to go straight to university full-time and would prefer to ‘earn and learn’ by completing a part-time university degree at the same time as working.

This approach usually takes 4-5 years, maybe less depending upon exemptions from previous courses.  This affords the opportunity to be able to jump modules and equally study in Engineering Quantity Surveying instead of Building Quantity Surveying. 

Core Five recognises that distance learning requires a significant of time commitment in addition to the working day and consequently allow 1 day’s study time per week, during term time, within the office.  

It is important that any offer is conditional upon the applicants achieving sufficient UCAS points to allow application onto the degree course, coupled with sufficient grades at GCSE in Maths and English.  Interviews are conducted during July with all applications being received in the preceding June.

Degree & Training

- 4-5 year degree course
- Core Five graduate training programme, entry level
- In-house engineering and post-contract quantity surveying training modules (Engineering Surveying only)
- RICS accredited degree
- BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying
- Entry onto the RICS ‘APC’


- Minimum target 120 UCAS points
- GCSE in English and Maths, grade B minimum
- Offer conditional on meeting the entry level criteria


- University College of Estates Management (UCEM) at Reading
- Distance Learning course = 1 day per week in the office to study during term time
- Engineering: in-house training modules


- Upon completion of the course the candidate is eligible for the RICS APC assessment
- Core Five Graduate Training Programme, advanced level
- Potential chartered surveyor in 5–6 years
- Long term career goals carved out every step of the way

I joined Core Five in 2019 and currently attend UCEM in Reading on a part-time day release basis. I have gained invaluable experience in my time here, and am very happy with my current situation. I work in the Residential team and have already seen projects from conception through to completion and gained experience in a large number aspects of the process.

— Aidan

Trainee Surveyor

I aspire to progress through my APC after recently being enrolled on the Core Foundations Structured Training Programme on which I have already received top quality training and support towards every aspect of the APC and my personal development. I believe that Core Five ticks all the boxes, not just for trainees / graduates but personnel of all levels, and I always praise the firm itself and my colleagues to everyone.

— Junaid

Trainee Surveyor

Structured Training Program

Within Core Five, and in previous employments, Alan Wall has set up and operated a structured training programme for undergraduates for over 15 years.  This system works alongside the degree course at UCEM.  The programme mirrors the RICS’ APC route in addition to providing engineering support through in-house training modules designed to provide an insight to all areas of Mechanical, Electrical, Public Health and Lift Services.  Additionally, post-contract modules are also provided.

The programme includes all areas of pre and post-cost control and provides the ‘budding’ surveyor with the hands-on experience necessary to work in the construction industry.

KPIs are set to ensure the undergraduate obtains the correct level of training benchmarked against a balance and pre-determined set of objectives, thus ensuring continued and complete development at all steps.


Core Five Culture

At Core Five, we recognise the importance of supporting and rewarding our employees. We actively encourage our team to work together to achieve successful outcomes and this approach continues into our social events where we encourage everyone to participate and enjoy the various sporting and social activities on offer throughout the year.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

We are proud of our continued success in recruiting from outside traditional sources, our people development programme and our work with our local community.

29 sponsored degrees
19 non-cognate surveyors
44 APC passes
9 summer work placements
19 work experience placements
£17,000 charitable donations


Core Five are a member of the UK Green Building Council and a signatory to the United Nations Climate Neutral Now pledge.

Core Five operate as a Net Zero Carbon business.