Press Release: 31 July 2017

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Quantity surveying booming as a popular career choice Around the country quantity surveying is fast becoming a popular study option and career choice. Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) Associate Head of School Engineering Malcolm Fair, says there’s been a dramatic increase in student numbers studying quantity surveying.

"There’s probably been around an 80 percent increase." Increasing awareness of what a quantity surveyor does has boosted student numbers, says Malcolm. "The Christchurch earthquake was a catalyst for this. The earthquake generated a lot of work, particularly construction in Christchurch, but also earthquake strengthening work around the country." WelTec’s Diploma in Construction with strands in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying runs for two years when studied full time. There are part-time options available. "By the second year, around half of our students are working in construction as junior quantity surveyors. A lot of students have jobs before they finish the course," says Malcolm. Female students are also excelling in what has traditionally been a male dominated space. "Numbers are still not even, but the number of females studying quantity surveying has progressed well compared to other building technology courses. We have some fantastic female quantity surveyors out there who are role models for people considering quantity surveying as a career." Principal academic staff member at the Ara Institute of Canterbury, Keith Power, says despite the huge increase in students studying quantity surveying, there’s still a shortage of quantity surveyors. All surveyed graduates of the programme who studied quantity surveying at the Ara Institute in 2016 were employed within the industry, reports Keith. Like WelTec students, most students from the Ara Institute are working before they finish the course, and junior quantity surveyors aren’t complaining about the pay either, says Keith. "It’s a very practical course, there are work integrated components. If students aren’t working in second year, then we arrange work experience for them." Good quantity surveyors are comfortable with facts, figures and applied maths, but they also need to be good communicators. With three female tutors teaching quantity surveying at Ara, the school encourages females to consider the profession. WelTec student, Rachel Marr, was studying furniture design when she heard an advertisement on the radio for quantity surveying. Drawn by reliable job prospects, she decided to take it up. "The course is challenging, but it’s worth it. I’d recommend it without a shadow of a doubt.

"Women excel in a lotof technical careers so there’s no reasonwhythey wouldn’t excel in quantitysurveying. It all comes down to awareness ofthis professionbeing agreatcareer option."

Executivedirector of the New Zealand Instituteof Quantity Surveyors, MarilynMoffatt, is proudofthe growth the Institute has seen in female membership.

"Females make up 35percenonlycomprise13percentof Institute’s working members.Itshowsthata quantity surveying career is appealing toyounger women.

"Overall student membershiphasdoubled inthelast twoyears. Career prospects are great, themarket requires more talent with the boomin construction we’re having in New Zealand," says MsMoffatt.

The 2017Occupation Outlooktoolreleasedby The Ministry ofBusinessInnovationand Employment(MBIE),shows quantity surveying has awinning combinationof both high job prospects, highincome, and reasonable study fees.

For a contact at the NZ Institute of Quantity Surveyors, telephoneMarilyn Moffatt04 473 5521,orvisit nziqs.org.nz.

For more informationcontact:Caryn Ellis, WelTec+644920 2539 caryn.ellis@wandw.ac.nzKeithPower, Ara Institute of Canterbury+64 3 9406054keith.power@ara.ac.nz