College courses for lettings or estate agents…
School-leavers who want to go into estate or letting agency will be able to take a new college course from this September.
It will be run at New City College, Norwich, and is very much the brainchild of local agents Arnolds Keys, where partner Jan Hÿtch has just stepped down from being President of the NAEA.
The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business with Property Services is being launched in partnership with Arnolds Keys and Rightmove, with the support of the NAEA and ARLA.
The new course, the first of its kind in the country, is a one-year full-time course for 16 to 18-year-olds, providing students with a grounding in business whilst learning about all aspects of the property profession. If successful, the course will be seeded to other colleges nationally – a number of which have already expressed interest.
Hÿtch said: “This project was driven my the desire to do something about the fact that there is n o clear pathway for young people to find a career in estate agency and lettings. Many people who work in property say that when they were looking at career options at school say they had no idea what an estate was or what they did.
“Most people who work in the industry drifted into it, resulting more from a career opportunity than a career choice. If we are going to build the image of this profession, we have to do something about it. The idea of rolling out full-time courses for 16-18-year olds is to provide, for the first time, a career route into our profession at sixth form level and so improve the talent pool.”
A key element of the course will include NFoPP qualifications in either sales or lettings.
Students will also have the option to extend their learning by progressing on to a second year to gain additional modules in business and sit, if appropriate, further NFoPP Awarding Body Level 3 Technical Awards in their chosen subject area.
Part of the course will encompass work placements in estate agents and other property businesses, giving students practical experience of how the property sector works and of the many roles available within it – from working in private and commercial estate agents to property surveying, architectural design, lettings, valuing, and auctioneering.
The college will also be offering part-time courses for those already working in the property profession. These include a new evening course, starting in September, which will enable new recruits to the sector (aged 19 and over) to sit NFoPP qualifications.
Corrienne Peasgood, principal of the college, said: “There isn’t currently a recognised pathway that prepares and qualifies young people for the many career opportunities within the property services professions. City College Norwich is delighted to become the first college in the country to offer this exciting new course.
“We are looking forward to developing this further as we build towards establishing a ‘property academy’ here at the college.”
Hÿtchsaid: “It has been an ambition of mine for many years to create a way for young people to train towards a career in the property profession.
“Estate agency and lettings remains unregulated, despite the efforts of the NAEA and ARLA to persuade successive governments to regulate the industry for the protection of the consumer.
“Our aim is to turn that around, by increasing the knowledge and ability of the talent pool from which we draw.”