Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship (England)
We were part of the working group that launched the Junior Estate Agency Apprenticeship Standard that estate agency businesses in England can use.
This apprenticeship is a customer-facing role with responsibilities placed on the apprentice to provide administrative support to secure successful property sales. The standard is set at Level 2 which is the equivalent of five GCSE passes.
Junior estate agents may work in different areas of estate agency, i.e. sales, auctioneering or commercial property. In all cases, the apprentice will be required to understand and follow contractual, statutory and legal restrictions whilst working under supervision within the wider organisation. You can find out more information on instituteforapprenticeships.org
How it all works
Why hire an apprentice?
Apprenticeships not only bring professionally trained and qualified people into your company, but can also be a cost-effective way of up-skilling existing staff thanks to Government support. According to data compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service, research amongst employers across a range of industries revealed that...
count on apprentices as the skilled workers they need in the future
find their employees stay with them longer
feel they now have a more motivated and satisfied workforce
In England there is an apprenticeship levy to help fund training and there are several ways in which you can access this funding dependant upon whether you're a levy payer or not. If your company pays an apprenticeship levy, why don't you take advantage of the service you are paying into by hiring some apprentices, that will help you recover some of these costs and train up talent for the future.
This guide is aimed at helping agents and their employers understand the often-perceived complex world and language of apprenticeships and give you the information required to support your business and staff development.
This fact sheet provides an overview on apprenticeship funding for employers. Apprenticeships differ wherever you are in the UK so we have sign posted to the relevant government websites so that you can find the most up-to-date information.
End point assessment for employers
The End-Point Assessment is an assessment the apprentice undertakes to confirm that they have learnt the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to pass their apprenticeship. Propertymark Qualifications is an End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for the Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship. Learn more about end point assessments and how to register for an EPA.
Differences around the UK
How apprenticeships work, how to find an apprentice, and the ways you can get support and funding vary depending on where you are based in the UK. Here are some links to guidance and support for the different nations.
How apprenticeships work, how to find an employer offering an apprenticeship, and the ways you can get support vary depending on where you are based in the UK. Here are some links to guidance and support depending on where you’re based.
What are the benefits for an apprentice?
As an apprentice you must be an employee on the first day of your apprenticeship and be paid a lawful wage for the time they are in work and off-the-job training.
You can only pay the apprentice minimum wage from the start of the apprenticeship programme and not before, although you may pay your apprentice above the standard rate.
Other benefits include:
- The opportunity to earn a wage and receive other benefits available from their employer
- Training in skills employers want
- Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks
- Learning at a suitable pace with the support of a learning provider
Look for an apprenticeship role
You can search for Junior Estate Agent apprenticeship vacancies in England using the Government website.
Depending on the qualifications you have before starting your apprenticeship, support is available for maths and English when undertaking your apprenticeship. You can find out about the Gateway qualifications needed for the Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship here.
End-Point Assessment for apprentices
As an apprentice you will need to complete an End-Point Assessment to confirm that you have learnt the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) outlined in the apprenticeship:
- Knowledge - refers to the technical detail and the "know-how" needed for you to carry out your work.
- Skills - refers to how you apply that knowledge. You'll learn skills through experience and on the job training.
- Behaviours - refers to your mindset - are you able to display behaviours when applying what you've learnt, such as adapting to change, working as part of a team, or problem solving?
Assessments are designed by employers in the sector - and are conducted by independent bodies known as End-Point Assessment Organisations.
Propertymark Qualifications are an End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for the Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship. This means that we offer assessment of the application of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you've learned throughout your apprenticeship.
You have up to five years to complete your apprenticeship. Depending on the level of your apprenticeship, you have up to five years to complete it. Typically, a Level 2 would take around 12 months, and a Level 3 18 months to complete.
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