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The beginning of a new era

17 June 2019

On 14 June, after several weeks of voting for board and presidential roles, Propertymark’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) revealed who will be taking us forward into the coming year. Read More...

UK agents come together to set direction of travel for Propertymark

14 June 2019

The Propertymark Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on 14 June at the St Martins Lane Hotel, London, attended by a small group of members, some of whom had travelled from across the country. The Annual Report and Accounts had been shared with members earlier in the month and voting for board and presidential roles had been going on for several weeks. Read More...

The summer of change for letting and estate agents

14 June 2019

Lloyd Clarke, Partner at Attwells Solicitors writes for Propertymark and discusses the expansion of National Trading Standards and how this impacts the estate and letting agency sector. Read More...

Report finds that landlords abuse holiday let contracts to evade tenants’ rights

13 June 2019

According to a new report, landlords and agents in Scotland are exploiting Airbnb-style holiday let contracts to avoid long-term tenancies and evade their responsibilities to tenants. Read More...

Are you nurturing your successes?

Tuesday 21 May 2019

More and more companies are taking the plunge and employing apprentices and, with 77 per cent of employers believing that apprentices make their business more competitive, it is easy to see why.

The Junior Estate Agency standard – the framework that outlines the work that an estate agency apprentice has to undertake, has been really well received by the sector. Propertymark Qualifications are delighted with the interest that they have received from training providers and are receiving enquiries about whether the organisation will be adding a Level 3 standard alongside the Level 2. Watch this space.

Practical steps

The stumbling block for many employers is understanding the practical steps: how to recruit an apprentice, what funding is available and how to access it, along with concerns about hurdles that employers may have to overcome in employing an apprentice. There is also nervousness among many employers about whether a totally inexperienced member of staff will really be beneficial to the existing team? There may be questions around who will take responsibility for them, what they will be capable of and how they will affect the existing dynamic.

Support available

In order to help members to navigate the complexities of apprenticeships, Propertymark has created a guide, designed to de-mystify the funding available, process for recruitment and requirements around supporting your apprentice. 

The Employer's Guide to Apprenticeships

Combining qualifications and an apprenticeship

For agents contemplating the options around bringing inexperienced staff into the business, it is worth knowing that the Propertymark Qualifications Level 2 Award in Introduction to Sale of Residential Property – England, Wales and Northern Ireland is closely aligned to the apprenticeship standard.

In the course of the apprenticeship training, the apprentice is very likely to learn the knowledge needed to pass the Level 2 qualification online exams. For this reason, training providers are using achievement of this qualification as a sign that an apprentice is ready for assessment.

Whether a learner needs both an apprenticeship and a qualification will always be a matter of personal choice, but both are fantastic pillars for building a successful and confident career in the sector with a qualification providing access to membership of Propertymark.

Propertymark Qualifications is an ‘endpoint assessment organisation’ for the Level 2 standard, meaning that when you – as a line manager or company (or in agreement with your training provider if you are using one) – decide that your apprentice has completed their learning, we can offer assessment, moving your apprentice on from their apprenticeship to become a well-trained member of staff with a positive attitude to ongoing CPD.

Propertymark Qualifications hope to be up and running as an endpoint assessor by the summer.

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