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Latest Graduates of The Survey School Celebrated by Industry Leaders Print E-mail
Written by The Survey Association   
Monday, 13 July 2015

The graduation ceremony marking the achievements of students on the 2015 TSA Surveying Course positions the Survey School as the major supplier of the next generation of qualified personnel.

From left: Rory Stanbridge, TSA Secretary General, Mark Combes, TSA President, Steve Cottis, Atkins, John Fraser, MD Leica Geosystems, Keith Gunn, Global Surveys and Ian Bush, President CICES.Speaking at the presentation, TSA President Mark Combes paid tribute to manufacturers, Leica Geosystems, Topcon and Trimble for donating equipment supporting the School’s ambitions to be the ‘jewel in the crown’ of survey training providers.

Since taking over the running of the School in May 2014 TSA has transformed the facilities and updated the IT systems at the Worcester site.

Mark Combes urged this year’s graduates to act as Ambassadors for the Survey School and hoped they would be encouraged to go on to gain further professional membership qualifications in an industry which has a major impact across many sectors

Also in attendance for the ceremony and to announce the winners of the Best Assignment and Best Student awards were prize sponsors Ian Bush, President of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, (CICES), and John Fraser, Managing Director of Leica Geosystems.

The Best Assignment award was won by Keith Gunn of Global Surveys for a measured building survey that tutors said was completed to a very high professional standard.

A consistently high performance in exams and a diligent approach to class work and assignments delivered an overall 90% mark for Steve Cottis of Atkins, named as Best Student.

Steven Cottis said, “The TSA Surveying Course was an opportunity to build and develop my existing skills and knowledge. I feel a lot more confident in solving problems on site now and I can see myself working towards becoming chartered and then further progressing my career to managing teams.”

Neil Gamble, Survey Manager, Transportation at Atkins explained why he believes the TSA Surveying Course is a good model for today’s employers and ambitious employees.

“It really takes students back to basics on the principles of surveying, which in today’s push button world is not so easily acquired. As a result their surveying capabilities and problem solving skills are strengthened. The Course is very important to us as it plays a great part in the development of our surveyors individually and our team as a whole. I am absolutely delighted with Steven’s outstanding and fully justified result,” said Neil. 

To date more than 300 students have graduated from the School and this year’s class of 13 could potentially double by July 2016 as two TSA Surveying Courses will be offered in parallel.

With the September 2015 Course now full, TSA has moved quickly to provide more places with two further Courses starting in October 2015 and February 2016. Additional, new opportunities for training are also available through a menu of short courses on specific surveying topics.

For further information on bookings and dates for Course 40 and 41 and the short courses see www.tsa-uk.org.uk/opportunities/the-survey-school/

About TSA
The Survey Association was formed in 1979 and now has private survey company members in all areas of geomatics. TSA represents members on a wide variety of initiatives including the Survey Liaison Group, the GEO Business Show, Defra Flood Forum, BSI drafting panels, Survey4BIM and continual Government lobbying. TSA is governed by a Council of 12, elected from the Full Member companies. A full-time Secretariat, based in Newark-on-Trent, runs the operational side of the Association.

About The Survey School
In May 2014, TSA took over the running of the Survey School in Worcester. The TSA Surveying Course, written by TSA in 2001 to address the chronic shortage of survey training in the UK, continues to go from strength to strength. TSA is committed to training the next generation of surveyors and is expanding the number of short courses available at the School. TSA has also offered a Student Bursary to students in their second year at Newcastle University since 2011.

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