The Charitable Trust – The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors Charitable Investment Fund – was originally established in 1977, and has, through the generosity and enthusiasm of Liverymen, accumulated considerable charitable funds, currently in the region of £1.75 m. The fund is invested and managed on a day to day basis by Cazenove Capital Management and administered by appointed Trustees with the Charity Committee acting as advisers.


The Charitable Trust is extremely active working alongside the Education Committee. One of the long term principal aims of the Company is to promote and assist with the education of young people and this forms very much part of the business plan. Overall our current educational aims are to widen the opportunity for entry into the Chartered Surveying profession and the built environment, increasing diversity and providing opportunities which would not have previously existed.

Please see our latest Charity Newsletter.

In achieving this aim, the plans which are being implemented and which continue to evolve comprise a number of established and key new initiatives:

Educational Bursaries

For many years the Trust has provided annual bursaries to pupils from our four supported schools for university entry. These schools include Robert Clack School in Dagenham; St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School in Southwark; Archbishop Tenison’s School in Oval and Central Foundation Girls’ School in Bow.

Our bursary programme has also supported the Guildhall School of Music and the Central School of Ballet. Each of these bursaries provide £2,100 per annum.

The Trust has just announced, and provided five bursaries at £10,000 per annum for four students. This latest programme is the start of what we hope will be many more bursaries to achieve our aim of widening the opportunity for entry to our profession and sector. Our four students are about to attend Cambridge, Manchester, Nottingham Trent, Sheffield Hallam and UCL.

This programme aims to provide a significant additional number of bursaries which will be reliant to a certain extent on our fund raising activities. We hope many will seek to sponsor a single bursar. For more information please make contact.

Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (“CSTT”)

Following a request to all Livery Companies by the Lord Mayor in 1982 to help reduce unemployment, the Company formally established a Youth Training Scheme for entry into the surveying profession in 1984. This evolved into the CSTT, which over the years has attracted many thousands of young men and women apprentices into the profession. Following the government’s increased funding programme for apprenticeships in 2015, the CSTT went on to have over 300 students and such was the success, the CSTT merged with their education provider the University College of Estate Management.

CSTT now works closely with UCEM promoting opportunities for young people to have careers in the built environment increasing accessibility through apprenticeship opportunities. CSTT has just pioneered an innovative programme to be incorporated into the geography GCSE curriculum called My Environment My Future.

Building People

As a founding partner of Building People in 2019, led by the University College of Estate Management together with the CSTT, the contribution of the WCCS is allowing the development of this web portal which linked opportunities into the property and construction sector, with the vision to:

• improve diversity and inclusion;
• increase the supply of competent labour;
• maximise economic and social value, and
• deliver change across the built environment.

The Building People platform will create a single marketplace that enables an ecosystem of providers to connect individuals to:

• work opportunities (jobs, work experience, apprenticeships)
• learning (online resource, local provision, curated knowledge)
• industry knowledge and support (mentors, events, further information)

This will be achieved by aggregating, enabling and connecting existing organisations and initiatives.

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Restricted Funds

The Charitable Trust also manages two restricted funds:

LE Sutton Award – an annual award to a surveying graduate or surveyor to undertake a research project associated with real estate and the built environment. A new partnership has been formed with the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (part of Cambridge University) to provide a scholarship for a Master of Studies in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment. We are delighted to announce two scholarships have been awarded for 2020.

Sydney Smith Award – an annual award is available to any surveying undergraduate who is suffering financial hardship. Contact has been made with all of the principal cognate Universities making the award available.

The Trust also makes a regular donation to the Lord Mayor’s appeal and provides support in the form of prizes and donations to our military affiliates from the armed services and the Sea Cadets – see Military Affiliates page.

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