Multi-skilled team to 12 to drive estate agency training
Connells Group enters the new year with a significantly enhanced Land and New Homes division with the appointment of 14 property professionals across its network.
Graham Jones, a human resources leader with over 25 years’ experience, has been appointed Group Human Resources Director at leading estate agency and property services provider Connells Group.
Connells Group pledges 150 apprentices for 2016
The Group's pledge is in cooperation with the Skills Funding Agency's Apprenticeship Pledge-O-Meter
As part of forthcoming National Apprenticeship Week (14 – 18 March), Connells Group, one of the UK’s largest and most successful property services groups, has pledged to take on 150 apprentices across its head office and estate agency subsidiaries over the next year. The Group’s pledge is in cooperation with the Skills Funding Agency’s Apprenticeship Pledge-O-Meter and promises to help kick start the careers of many young people hoping to get into the property industry.
Having launched in January 2013, the Connells Group Apprenticeship Scheme offers young people aged 16 to 23 the opportunity to ‘earn while they learn’ and develop vital skills across a multitude of professional disciplines including: residential sales, lettings, mortgage services, business administration, customer service, HR, payroll, recruitment and survey & valuation.
The scheme has proven to be extremely successful, and in just three years nearly 200 apprentices have achieved their NVQ qualifications and continued into full time roles within the company, resulting in an above average completion rate of 70%. With nearly 130 apprenticeships currently live across the business, the Group’s pledge means that apprentices will make up nearly 4.5% of the company’s total headcount, which currently stands at 6,400 employees.
David Livesey, Connells Group Chief Executive says: “Our Apprenticeship Scheme signifies an incredible opportunity both for young people wanting to get into the industry and for us as an employer. We offer our apprentices all the coaching and training they need to be the best in the business, as well as excellent career progression.
“With ‘Rising to the Top’ as this years’ theme for National Apprenticeship Week, we want to highlight the success of many of our former apprentices – some of whom are already close to manager level just two years after finishing their apprenticeships. The development of our staff is one of the fundamental values at the heart of our business and our apprenticeship scheme is a great way for us to invest in the next generation and develop the property professionals of the future.”
Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service says: “It is great news that Connells Group has pledged 150 apprenticeships for this year, helping us on our journey to 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020. Good quality apprenticeships offer a fantastic way for many young people to earn as they learn whilst providing employers with the skills they need for their business. Our Pledge-o-meter has been designed to record the pledges employers make to take on apprentices and trainees, with commitments pledged from now until the end of National Apprenticeship Week 2016.”
For more information on National Apprenticeship Week, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/national-apprenticeship-week-2016
For more information on Connells Group’s Apprenticeship Scheme, please contact Ian Dobrin, Group Recruitment Director at firstname.lastname@example.org