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Jacobs Apprentice Land Referencing (Level 4) in Birmingham, United Kingdom

Your Impact:

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At Jacobs, we solve the most important problems, the ones for the real world – making life simpler and more seamless along the way.

We are excited to be looking for a Land Referencer Apprentice based in Birmingham! You will work towards achieving a Level 4 qualification.

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About the role

Land referencing is the practice of identifying and classifying persons and organisations holding legal interests and rights over land which is subject to development.

Land referencing plays a vital part in the development of infrastructure and regeneration in the UK and Ireland, which in turn results in physical changes to our geography and terrain.

The Land Referencer occupation is found in a range of sectors including transport (aviation, rail, highways), energy, utilities, housing, redevelopment, retail, environmental protection, commercial, private and public sectors. One of the core functions of conducting a land referencing exercise is to provide supporting evidence, documentation and information for an acquiring authority to obtain land for the purposes of large development or infrastructure projects such as airport expansion, railway construction and large shopping centres.

Projects / Clients which you may be working with include:

  • Anglian Water

  • High Speed 2

  • National Highways

  • East West Rail

  • Thames Water

Within your role as a Land Referencer you will be responsible for working collaboratively within a project team, reporting directly to a team leader, to deliver high-quality land ownership information to clients. Project tasks include the following:

  • Conduct desk-based research in preparation for an infrastructure project to determine those with a legal interest in affected land.

  • Verify land attributes (e.g. land use), features and use of land on site.

  • Conduct enquiries via phone, email and/or in person to confirm land ownership and occupational interests with individuals and companies believed to have an interest in the land.

  • Conduct site visits to negotiate with landowners to secure land access.

  • Posting/removal of site notices.

  • Use GIS to create plans illustrating land ownership and accompanying schedules detailing any party with an interest in the land.

  • Assist with processing, investigating and resolving any correspondence which has been returned to sender.

  • Support engagement activities and preparation with a range of stakeholders involved in the project, including the communities affected by it.

  • Produce and distribute legal notices to landowners identified by the land referencing task.

  • Maintain audit trail to contribute towards the audit trail of the project’s deliverables.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

About you

We are looking for likeminded candidates, willing to learn new skills while being adaptable, who have a professional, proactive approach to working and are receptive to constructive advice and guidance. Candidates must be aware of their limitations and seek help when needed, be open with their peers but also be able to work independently when necessary.

We are looking for someone who takes responsibility and pride in their work and can demonstrate a positive approach to problem solving.

They must be able to contribute to team discussions and not be afraid to take on extra roles and new skills as the position matures.

At Jacobs the health and safety of our employees is critical in how we conduct business, so a responsible approach to this is essential.

Essential qualifications:

  • Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths *

*Apprentices without Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and Maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Desirable Skills & Characteristics:

You should be able to demonstrate that you are:

  • A well-mannered and professional individual with a positive ‘can do’ attitude. Proactive in nature who takes pride in ‘getting things done’ to a high standard.

  • Able to demonstrate a keen interest in a career in Land Referencing within the engineering & construction environment

  • Demonstrate a responsible approach to health and safety

  • Strong and empathetic communication skills

  • Willing to learn new skills while being able to adapt them

  • Self-driven and able to seek help if needed

  • Able to work independently when necessary

  • Take responsibility and pride in your work

  • Demonstrate a positive approach to problem solving

  • Able to contribute to discussions as part of a team

  • Have a great attention to detail and place a focus on quality

The Essentials

Jacobs require innovation, whether that be technology enabled or not, it requires us to use our ‘Essential Skills’ as well as our technical skills and experiences to positively disrupt and innovate.

It will be our Curiosity , Innovative thinking and Adaptability that allows us to embrace change, it will be our Empathy and Listening capability that allow us to truly understand our client’s requirements.

As we learn to automate some of the activities it will be these ‘Essentials’ that will allow us to offer competitive advantage over our clients and prepare us for the future. We believe that ‘The Essentials’ are the foundation for all of us, to equip us with not just the human skills that allow us to embrace change and bring world class innovation to our clients but also that allow us to explore and shape diverse and creative career opportunities in Jacobs.

Why Jacobs?

Recognised throughout industry as a benchmark of good practice our Early Careers Programmes offer a structured approach to Continuous Professional Development. You’ll benefit from learning will provide both the technical skills, behavioural competencies and business acumen you require to create your future.

Our Culture:

Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees. Find out more about life at Jacobs. (https://careers.jacobs.com/life-at-jacobs/)

We aim to embed inclusion and diversity in everything we do. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. This is reflected in our wide range of Global Employee Networks centred on inclusion and diversity – ACE, Careers, Enlace, Harambee, OneWorld, Prism, Vetnet, and Women’s – find out more about our employee networks here. (https://www.jacobs.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity?_ga=2.1062705.1096535124.1626879887-1704311048.1575562676)

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