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Estates officer

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Estates officers are responsible for the management and upkeep of land and property belonging to local councils and public bodies.

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter

to

£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings attending events or appointments

How to become

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How to become an estates officer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

University

You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like:

  • building services engineering
  • surveying
  • construction management
  • facilities management

You could do a qualification by distance learning through the University College of Estate Management.

Courses can also be completed full time or part time. Flexible study may be an option if you're already working in the industry.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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College

You could learn some of the skills and knowledge needed to get into this role by taking a T Level in Building Services Engineering.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to take an advanced apprenticeship as a facilities supervisor, or a higher apprenticeship as a facilities manager, while working in an estates office.

It will usually take 18 to 24 months to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You could apply directly if you've got experience and qualifications in a related career like property management, building health and safety or surveying.

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Career tips

This job can vary depending on where you work. As an example, working in local authority or NHS buildings may be different to working in a charity, with a conservation group or on heritage sites.

Further information

You can find out more about training and working in estate management through The Chartered Institute of Building and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • business management skills
  • administration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of economics and accounting
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

Learning to drive can be useful, particularly if you're working in the countryside or across several sites.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • organise and check repairs and maintenance
  • check that properties are being used correctly
  • deal with tenancy applications and agreements
  • set and review rents
  • negotiate and advise on property purchase
  • work with other departments and organisations
  • analyse financial and other data,
  • write and present reports
  • keep up to date with building controls and environmental issues

Working environment

You could work in an office or from home.

Your working environment may be at height and outdoors some of the time.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you may be able to become an estates manager, or specialise in a particular department or area, for example:

  • rural estates
  • charities or housing associations
  • heritage or conservation sites

You may be able to take short courses as part of your job that will help you to develop specialist skills.

The public sector often contracts out estates work to private companies, so there may be opportunities to move between the two.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Facilities Management Supervisor Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £309.32 Weekly
  • Location: Southampton

ATA- Apprentice Facilities Services Manager

  • Wage: £214.50 Weekly
  • Location: Coventry

Courses In England

BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEERING DIPLOMA LEVEL 2 / FULL TIME

  • Provider: SOUTHPORT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Southport

T Level Construction - Building services engineering for construction

  • Provider: LOUGHBOROUGH COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Loughborough

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