An ex-professional cricketer has embarked on a pioneering new apprenticeship with Solomons Europe that could see him become a chartered Quantity Surveyors in just under three years.
Ryan Pringle – who had a successful 11-year spell playing for Durham County Cricket Club – has joined Northern-based practice Solomons as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor while he undertakes a Level 6, MSc Quantity Surveying Apprenticeship. On completing a two-year MSc Quantity Surveying course, he will embark on a final nine-month leg leading to an MRICS End Point Assessment and review. If successful, he will secure much-coveted chartership – something that can typically take upwards of five years to achieve.
The tough and fast-paced apprenticeship is a first of its kind and is being delivered in partnership with the University College of Estate Management. In addition to undertaking the apprenticeship course, Ryan will also receive in-house training and gain invaluable experience working on projects spanning power, energy, renewables, highways, infrastructure, process and utilities.
“We’re delighted to welcome Ryan to the Solomons team. Resilience, drive, self-motivation and capability were all qualities we looked for during the intensive recruitment process, and they’ll need that in abundance if they’re to complete what must be one of the most challenging apprenticeships out there.
“Like many sectors, Quantity Surveying is facing a skills shortage at a time when those skills are in growing demand. This is our fresh and bold attempt to reskill talented people from other industries and backgrounds and supporting the next generation.”
Ryan retrained as an Independent Mortgage Advisor after finishing his cricketing career.
“I thought about Quantity Surveying at the back end of my cricketing career, but it felt like that was lost because I hadn’t studied it at university,”
“I looked at it again this year and how I could get my foot in the door, when the advert from Solomons popped up. With it being a graduate conversion scheme that looks at your skills and personality and how you can transfer them, it ticked every box. I applied within an hour of seeing it!
“I’m really excited about getting stuck in. It’s going to be tough, so I’ll take things in stages and break it down into little successes. I’m very open minded on where this will take me.”
Ryan is joined by three more apprentices who have joined Solomons’ teams in the North West and Cumbria. Recruitment for a further apprenticeship position in the North East team is currently underway. Find out more at www.solomonseurope.com/join-us/
The pioneering apprenticeships are the latest in a long line of initiatives developed by Solomons to develop and nurture talent. The company continues to successfully deliver career and graduate conversion schemes, provides mentorship and bespoke training, and recently celebrated the first successes of APC Accountability Club, which supports team members on their journey towards chartership.
By Solomons Europe