Ella Scott, Genevieve Cooper and Eleanor Carty, all aged 19, are receiving vocational training in all aspects of the business while working towards NAEA Propertymark qualifications.
While studying at sixth form, Ella worked as a lifeguard and swimming teacher but it was helping at a letting agency which sparked an interest in property.
She said, “I was involved in the changeover of student lets, dealing with 300 properties in one month. I was actually looking for a degree apprenticeship but this one looked too perfect to pass up.”
Genevieve’s job as a nanny persuaded her to consider a career in the property industry. She explained, “My two bosses owned a buy-to-let property, which inspired my interest and led to me applying for this job. I’ve really enjoyed every moment here so far, especially speaking to estate agents on the phone.” Eleanor found a passion for helping people while working in a shoe shop and a pub while studying for her A levels. “Unlike the others, I had no experience of property but was attracted to the job because of the customer service aspect.
SDL’s Commercial Director Louise Moss believes the programme will benefit the company culture as a whole. “By bringing new people with fresh ideas into the company, we can develop our own talent and do something positive by creating a ‘Class of 2021’.” she said.