An independent estate agency in London has launched an unusual training academy that will offer the opportunity to learn on the job and also earn commission from transactions they help out with.
Benjamin Stevens, which has branches and hybrid-style self-employed associates across north London, says the education initiative is designed to train up wannabe agents who have little or no prior experience in the industry but have the desire to one day own their own business.
Its academy will be offering a three-month course during which students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the sales and lettings process and also learn the skills required for running their own business, the agency says.
“Experience and motivation are the two main elements needed to be a successful estate agent, says the firm’s new Head of Recruitment Elliot Graham.
“Everyone needs to start from somewhere and very few companies offer this opportunity to teach someone from scratch and nurture those developing skills.”
The course will include classroom training, on-the-job shadowing and mentoring and the hope is that once students finish the course, they will join Benjamin Stevens as one of its ‘hub partners’.
The course also gives trainees the opportunity to earn while they learn, including up to 25% commission on deals they are a part of during the course.
Steve Wayne (pictured), Managing Director of Benjamin Stevens says: “I’ve seen Negotiators come and go over the years but the ones who truly succeed are those that are willing to go out and canvass and door knock, and appreciate the power of social media marketing, and don’t just rely on picking up a phone and calling clients.”
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