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We've launched our Junior Estate Agent apprenticeship standard

Monday 22 October 2018

Today, we have revolutionised the way knowledge and skills are supported in the sector, by launching our new Level 2 Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship Standard in England.

Offering expert guidance on the skills needed to succeed in the residential, commercial property sales and auctioneering sectors, the apprenticeship standard has been developed to raise entry levels of professional competence. 

Created by an employer group, led by Mark Hayward on behalf of NAEA Propertymark and Aidan Reed, property expert and consultant, the standard offers a strong learning framework for apprentices. 

How does it work?

Like with any apprenticeship, the junior estate agent standard provides apprentices with practical, hands-on experience and training in the estate agency sector, while studying towards an industry-recognised qualification. Regardless of which agency they are joining, the apprenticeship gives learners the capability for career progression and enhances their ability to undertake further industry qualifications.

Equivalent to five GCSE passes, the apprenticeship typically takes 12 months to complete, and learners will need to achieve level one English and Maths and take the test for level two prior to sitting their final assessment. 

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

What's involved?

The role of an Junior Estate Agent is varied, with typical duties including preparing the floor plans of a property and assisting with preparing Sales Particulars along with data registration. Additionally, the apprentice will conduct viewings, receive formal offers made by buyers and carry out basic property research, including marketing procedures through portals, websites and various databases.

Now, we know apprenticeships can get a little confusing, so to help you get your head around the complicated system, we've put together an Employers' Guide to Apprenticeships, to help simplify the process from start to finish.

What are the benefits?

It's not just apprentices who stand to benefit, there are also significant advantages to employers and the wider industry. Because apprenticeships not only bring professionally trained and qualified people into your company, but they can also be a cost-effective way of up-skilling existing staff.

According to data by the National Apprenticeship Service, research amongst employers found that 80 per cent of companies who invest in apprentices find their employees stay with them for longer, and over three quarters say that apprentices make their business more productive.

And with a recent Government focus on qualifications and regulation within the industry, this is another means to raise standards within the property industry, positioning ourselves as a professional and skilled sector. 

NAEA Propertymark Chief Executive, Mark Hayward, commented: We’re delighted to be the external quality assurance body, ensuring apprenticeship assessments are fit for purpose and delivering consistently high and relevant standards. The Government is looking closely at qualifications as a way to raise professionalism in the industry, and this is the starting point for those interested in a career in property.”

Aidan Reed, Chair of the working group that created the apprenticeship standard adds: “We know a lot of employers aren’t able to provide training themselves because of their size. This apprenticeship will fill those gaps, giving fresh talent coming into the industry a solid grounding. It’s vital that agents embrace this opportunity, as in the modern landscape of estate agency, it’s the people who add value that make the difference.”

Take a look at the standard             Download the employers' guide