Difficult job markets in other areas of the economy has helped create a surge in young people starting out as apprentices within estate agency, Propertymark has reported.
Finding jobs or starting careers at the moment in retail, hospitality and many other sectors is difficult at the moment, and Propertymark Qualifications says it has seen a 30% surge in apprenticeship registrations since the New Year.
The organisations has released the figure as businesses around the industry celebrate National Apprenticeships Week.
This includes London independent estate agency Dexters, which last week said last year some 70 of its 160 hires were taken from its apprenticeship scheme, something it expects to repeat this year.
Propertymark says it has set up an online learning platform to enable apprentices at estate agents to carry on their studies despite face-to-face training no longer being possible.
By forming a platform to deliver remote assessments, 33 apprentices were able to complete their end point assessment with a 100% success rate and an extraordinary 60% of those apprentices achieved a distinction.
Chloe Fitzgerald, an apprentice at Trading Places based in Whitley Bay run by former Propertymark president Lauren Scott, says: “I started my Junior Estate Agent apprenticeship in August last year and I am really enjoying it.
“Most of my training happens in the workplace carrying out tasks as part of my day-to-day job.
“As a Junior Estate Agent, I love that a lot of my role is working with people, talking with vendors and buyers and being part of a big team effort to get a property sale over the line.
“I’m currently ticking off each unit of my apprenticeship as I work towards completing my End-Point Assessment later this year.”