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Northern Ireland house prices end the decade showing continuous growth

19 February 2020

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency have released their findings for the Northern Ireland House Price Index for the period between October and December 2019 and show the positive figures from previous quarters have continued throughout the year. Read More...

Scotland house prices end the year over 2 per cent higher

19 February 2020

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£16 million to go to survivors of domestic violence

17 February 2020

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14 February 2020

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Apprenticeships – good for the future of your business

Friday 07 February 2020

National Apprenticeship Week 2020 takes place 3 to 9 February 2020. Recruiting an apprentice at your agency is an effective way of developing skilled, professional staff who will benefit your business.

An agency can benefit from taking on an apprentice as they are cost-effective and can be trained to a good industry standard while they work for you.

Apprentices learn and train while undertaking a role within your business. Once the apprenticeship is over, you will have a fully trained and valuable member of staff
The minimum requirements for someone to become an apprentice are that they must be 16 or over, living in England and not in full-time education. This opens your potential recruitment pool for an apprentice to a wide range of school and college leavers. 

The Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship Standard was created in 2017. Developed by employers, it is intended to give entry-level candidates experience and knowledge in all aspects of estate agency. It is the first apprenticeship to focus specifically on the role of an estate agent in the UK, whether selling residential, commercial or property by auction.

The apprenticeship lasts for 12 months, during which the apprentice receives training from their employer and an external training provider, to gain the knowledge, skills, and behaviour that would be expected of an Estate Agent. Up to £4000 of funding is available to cover the apprentice’s training and assessment, with an extra £1000 available to employers hiring an apprentice aged 16 to 18 years old that can be used for additional training.

RECRUITING AN APPRENTICE

Propertymark’s guide to recruiting an apprentice and getting them properly trained with a Propertymark Qualification covers the key stages of apprenticeships for employers working in the property sector.

it covers:

  • The basics of apprenticeship
  • Some of the available apprenticeships standards for the sector
  • The stages of recruiting an apprentice
  • What happens during their employment
  • Costs of an apprenticeship, and what funding may be available to an employer.

The guide clearly outlines the employer's responsibilities and the training provider's responsibilities for the duration of the apprenticeship, so you can be clear on how to support the apprentice for the duration of their employment.

View the guide

Find out more about National Apprenticeship Week on the gov.uk website

National Apprenticeship Week