Matthew Barton – A Sava Learner.

Original Article
September 6th, 2021


Sava’s Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation is ELCAS approved. ELCAS promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the armed forces and provides financial support for higher level learning.

One learner who took advantage of this is Matthew Barton who is currently on the course.

We got in touch with Matthew to find out his views on the course and asked Matthew what made him join the Sava course after leaving the Royal Navy, he responded:

“After serving almost fourteen years in the Royal Navy as a Petty Officer Abovewater Warfare Weapons, I was looking to start a career in something new and entirely different to my current profession. I decided to move into the housing sector and found a particular interest within the surveying industry. Furthermore my circumstances meant I didn’t want to spend the next four or five years at university in order to become qualified. Sava solved that problem by offering me the opportunity of becoming a Residential Surveyor in as little as 24 months. I am also able to work whilst I’m studying which is important to me and find this is a huge positive for enrolling on the course.”

We asked Matthew what his future plans are, he responded:

“Once I gain certification and Assoc RICS status I hope to begin work at a popular and well-renowned surveying firm, in order to build up my knowledge and experience within the field, in the hope that one day, in the future, I can work independently for my own Surveying practice”

We asked Matthew if he would encourage others to enrol onto the diploma and he responded:

“I would encourage any former Military personnel, or those coming to the end of their career to make good use of their ELCAS funds by considering enrolling on the Sava Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation and becoming a qualified Surveyor.”

If like Matthew you would also like to take advantage of the ELCAS funds please contact our sales team at For those eligible, financial support of up to £2000 can be received. The Sava team are willing to assist with a tailored finance package.