29 January 2019
Jake Simpson, Chartered Building Engineer, CharterHouse Surveyors
Jake Simpson, talks to Building Engineer about what it is like to be the youngest person to achieve Chartered Membership through the Principal Entry Route, sharing his thoughts on the Association and industry.
Tell us about your work?
I have worked for CharterHouse Surveyors for the past seven years. As a small, family run practice, residential surveys dominate my work. However, I’m also involved in project management and architectural services.
I understand you achieved quite a feat with your CABE membership?
I did, thanks. When I became a Chartered Member last year, I was the youngest member (23) to achieve chartered status through the Principal Entry Route. This is through experience rather than the graduate route. I gained an HNC in construction, studying two to three days whilst working the rest of the week. This gave me the opportunity to go straight into the second year of my Building Surveying degree at John Moore’s University. I could essentially work and study at the same time.
When did you join CABE?
I joined CABE as a student member whilst in college. It was simple to sign-up online and there were many benefits. Once I finished my HNC qualification, I became an associate member, which was a stepping stone to the next level. On completion of my Building Surveying degree, I sat the professional interview and became a chartered member. This also involved the analysis of a project which I had made a major contribution to and was able to demonstrate the competencies of a Building Engineer. The biggest compliment they could give me was that all three panelists during the interview said they would hire me!
How else have you been involved in CABE?
In the past two years I’ve been acting as the treasurer for CABE Wales Region and involved in organising CPD events. I recently attended the annual conference where I was encouraged to apply to join the board. I sent off my nomination and will find out whether I have been successful in February.
How do you see CABE appealing to the younger generation?
CABE membership is generally quite old, so moving forward it’s very important that we try to attract and encourage younger members. The knock-on effect from the financial crash in 2008 meant that many young people stopped studying construction-related degrees and left the industry. More recently, I found that many people at university had not heard of CABE. We need to make sure that university students know that CABE is a serious organisation and one that if they want to join, they can. I think they see me as someone who could be a rallying call to the younger generation of members.
What do you like most about CABE?
As a surveyor, I have found CABE more helpful and engaging than other organisations. It’s less elitist, more hands-on. The recent announcement about CABE applying to become a licensed member of the Engineering Council will be very useful, especially internationally. Recognising Building Engineering as a defined engineering discipline in its own right will certainly add weight when working abroad.
What developments in the industry are you excited about?
Site surveying technology is proving to be incredibly useful and a timesaver. Instead of writing reports when I return to the office from a site visit, I have a piece of software on a tablet which enables me to write the entire survey on site, automatically creating the report.
What are the biggest challenges in your work?
Finding good contractors! We haven’t had issues finding work, but we cannot be complacent, especially with BREXIT around the corner.
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