Tuesday 28th March 2017
This year’s agenda was jam packed and covered topics relevant to all in the industry, including sharing best practice ideas, how to raise the profile of surveying and Matrics member engagement.
One hot topic of discussion also included the skills gap quandary and the best way to inspire the next generation of surveyors.
Barry Cullen, RICS Future Talent Director, advised that the skills gap will grow significantly over the next 5-10 years. With 53% of the current RICS membership aged 50 and over, and the global demand for development increasing, it is clear that the industry needs to do something to ensure there is a future in surveying.
To help tackle the skills gap, the RICS’ ‘Inspire 2020’ initiative aims to engage more school-age children in considering a career in surveying. The educational volunteering programme is currently being fronted by RICS Matrics with local groups going into schools and raising awareness, with the aim to achieve 2,020 educational volunteering hours by 2020.
As always the annual assembly was full of interesting and informative discussions and has paved the way to a full and exciting year in the surveying world. To find out more about RICS Matrics and to get involved with inspiring the next generation of surveyors, contact Anna Keys on [email protected]
About the author
Anna Keys, Senior Quantity Surveyor, Calfordseaden
Anna Keys is a Senior Quantity Surveyor at calfordseaden.