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There is no better time to hire an apprentice

Monday 28 January 2019

Apprenticeships are nothing new. Their origins can be traced back to the sixteenth century, under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and have existed in numerous guises since. However, what is new is that they are now available specifically designed to meet the needs of estate agency businesses.

As we recognise them today, apprenticeships became popular in the 1960's, but following a massive slump in figures, the Government revamped apprenticeships in the 1990's. They were re-badged as Modern Apprenticeships and marketed with renewed vigour.

However, apprenticeships were still suffering from a bad reputation as an alternative to University. The new Trailblazer Apprenticeship standard was introduced in 2013 to change that and they are now designed by the industry for the industry, with the needs of your businesses in mind. With a shortage of people wanting to enter the industry, offering apprenticeships within your firm is the perfect to attract staff and set them off on the right foot. 

Propertymark and Propertymark Qualifications were part of the working group who shaped the standards for the Junior Estate Agent apprenticeship, which focuses on teaching people the skills they need to succeed in the commercial, residential property sales and auctioneer industries. This in turn will give the apprentices the capability for career progression and enhance their ability to undertake further qualifications.

The apprenticeship, which launched in September 2018 is equivalent to five GCSE passes, and Propertymark played a key role in ensuring it delivers maximum value to estate agents. It's also worth bearing in mind that the apprenticeship standard is closely aligned to those of other Propertymark Qualifications Awards. This means that people who already hold qualifications will be in a potentially stronger position to succeed in their apprenticeship end-point assessment, which is the assessment process for the new apprenticeship standards in England.

Apprentices will be eligible to apply for NAEA Propertymark or NAVA Propertymark Student membership. As a student member they will have three years to obtain a recognised qualification and full membership.

So if you are looking to attract new staff, what are you waiting for? Apprenticeships are good for you, your business and your staff. In fact 80% of companies who hire an apprentice find that their employees stay with them longer and you'll have the feel-good factor of knowing that you've helped fire up someone's career. 

You can download our guide to apprenticeships and find our what the Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship Standard entails below:

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Also, be sure to take a look at Fire it Up, a fabulous new video from the Department for Education which puts apprenticeships in the spotlight debunks some of the long-held myths surrounding them. 

Talking about the Fire it Up campaign, Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:

"We are seeing the apprenticeship system in this country come of age, with leading employers waking up to the benefits apprenticeships can bring.

"The sad truth is that outdated and snobby attitudes are still putting people off apprenticeships which means they’re missing out on great jobs and higher salaries – many of them in the sorts of firms graduates look to land jobs with after university.

"It’s vital that we challenge people’s thinking about apprenticeships which is why the Government’s new ‘Fire It Up’ campaign will aim to shift deeply held views and drive more people towards an apprenticeship.

"At the same time we need to make sure that young people have access to information about all of the opportunities that are out there so we are taking action to make sure all schools invite a wide range of providers in to help young people choose the right career path for them."