North East building control company Aedis Group is helping graduates climb the career ladder in a bid to address skill shortages in the construction industry.
The company, which has head offices in Darlington and Newcastle, is celebrating a year since the launch of its graduate training programme.
A national shortage of building surveyors led it to trial the new scheme in January 2013 with just one graduate.
Since then, four more have joined the company at its offices in the North East and London and are now working towards professional industry qualifications. Company directors Alan Barraclough, Joe Ayre and Steven Spence now plan to widen the programme further.
It is also set to gain accreditation from industry bodies, the Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors, the Chartered Association of Building Engineers and the Association of Consult Approved Inspectors.
Aedis is likewise drawing up plans to visit universities, offering work experience to student surveyors.
Barraclough said: “There is a shortage of surveyors nationally, but particularly in and around London. Looking forward, we realised that if we train our own staff we can help ourselves.
“We started the programme with just one graduate in January 2013 and there are now three in the North East – two in Darlington and one in Newcastle – and two in London, with many more to come.
“Most have done full time surveying degrees and were looking for a career post but were in a job away from surveying to earn a living. Aedis is looking to get them fully professionally qualified and experienced with clear targets and goals for their long term career.”
Established in 2009. Aedis provides regulatory and building inspection services to professional, industrial and domestic clients, as well as services related to energy, sustainability, structural warranties, fire engineering, site safety and training.