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The Land Referencer Apprenticeship is starting its second year, with roles starting to be advertised for a cohort starting in college in September 2023.

We have provided the following information and guidance to support recruitment of apprentices.

Investment in personal and professional development through apprenticeships enables us to attract new and diverse talent and retain existing talent

Benefits of Hiring Apprentices

  • Hire new staff or upskill existing colleagues

  • Develop critical skills and capabilities needed to deliver our services

  • Diversify routes to professional roles

  • Improve engagement and productivity

  • Utilise government funding to provide cost effective training

The Land Referencer Apprenticeship


Level 4

Level 4 apprenticeships are equivalent to a foundation degree.


A foundation degree is the academic equivalent of two-thirds of a Bachelors degree, a Higher National Diploma (HND) and Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) - at Level 5 of the Regulated Qualifications.

What Apprentices learn

Apprentices will be guided in learning the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the apprenticeship standard (here).

Typical duration to gateway: is 30 months (this does not include EPA period)

Maximum funding is £14,000


Learning Delivery

20% of learning will be delivered by NCATI on a day release basis at their Birmingham Campus

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80% of learning will be delivered by the employer through occupational experience.

Supported by NCATI through employer engagement and visits.


Learning outcomes will be independently assessed by Qualifications for Industry (QFI) who are acting as the End Point Assessment Organisation for the Land Referencer Apprenticeship standard.

The Land Referencer Apprenticeship Assessment Plan can be found here

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The Land Referencer Apprenticeship was created through a collaboration of land referencer employers to develop the specific skills required for this occupation.  This apprenticeship is the only formal land referencer qualification. Let clients know that you are supporting specific Equality, Diversity & Inclusions (EDI) and Skills, Employment and Education (SEE) initiatives.

You role as an employer

  • Advertise vacancies

  • Select and recruit apprentices



Making sure your apprentices:

  • work with experienced staff

  • learn job-specific skills

  • get released for one day during their working week for apprenticeship training at NCATI in Birmingham

Take advantage of government funding to recruit and train apprentices. The amount you get depends on whether you pay the apprenticeship levy or not.

If you do not pay the apprenticeship levy:

You pay 5% towards the cost of training and assessing your apprentice. You need to:

  • agree a payment schedule with the training provider

  • pay them directly for the training

The government will pay the rest (95%) up to the funding band maximum of £14,000 for the Land Referencer Apprenticeship standard.

If you pay the apprenticeship levy:

You’ll get funds to spend on training and assessing your apprentices. The government will add 10%.

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Model Role Description

This model role description is provided to assist employers with the process of recruiting onto the Level 4 Land Referencer Apprenticeship. 

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The Role of SOLR

The Society of Land Referencers (SoLR) is acting as a portal to support the delivery of this apprenticeship by:

  • hosting a monthly employer forum of current and prospective employers to share feedback on delivery of the apprenticeship, connect with stakeholders and discuss upcoming curriculum

  • Employer led organisation (IfATE) Ofqual etc.

  • engaging with NCATI and QFI as key stakeholders

  • coordinating attendance at careers events; raising the profile of land referencing careers as well as our practice

  • engaging with schools and colleges



promote and market it on behalf of the Land Referencing industry, helping to ensure a lasting legacy.  SoLR will advertise all apprentice vacancies on  Go to 'Submit a Vacancy' to list yours.


SoLR hosted a webinar on12 Nov 2021 with speakers from HS2, NCATI and the ESFA who highlighted the benefits of this route, how the recruitment and funding mechanisms work and the timeline through to launch. A recoding is available on our member's Resources page.

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For further information or support, please contact Simon Harth (

Advertise your Vacancies on SoLR

To help market the Land Referencer Apprenticeship and reach the widest possible audience for recruitment, SoLR will advertise all apprentice vacancies on our 'Careers' page.  Office addresses will be added to the interactive map to help candidates make an informed decision.

We will also link to partner and other industry websites.

Advertise Your Vacancies on SolR

List your Land Referencer Apprentice Vacancies on the SoLR Website 

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