Junior estate agent is a customer-facing role with responsibility 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.
We have been approved as one of the End-Point Assessment (EPA) organisations and External Quality Assessor for the apprenticeship standard. This means that we're responsible for ensuring EPAs are fit for purpose and deliver consistently high and relevant standards.
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.
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
There is an apprenticeship levy to help fund training of up to a maximum £4000. There are several ways in which you can access 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 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.
What are the benefits for the apprentice?
Apprentices must be an employee on the first day of their 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
A major milestone for apprentices in the property industry was marked on 20 July when Propertymark Qualifications remotely delivered its first ever End Point Assessment for a Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship and Charlie Maidment of Fox & Sons in Southampton became the first ever qualified Junior Estate Agent.
As part of today’s announcement by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, apprenticeships are to receive a huge boost from the UK Government's measures to grow jobs and strengthen the economy.
The UK Government has launched a ‘My Apprenticeship’ online service to help both apprentices and employers in England keep track of their progress and get support. Employers will also soon have the chance to apply for funding from unspent levy funds.
In an industry where legislation is ever changing, and with the need to understand what it means to stay compliant; it is positive to see the vested interest from agents at every level of the sector to become qualified.
Time is running out for employers to apply for incentive payments to hire a new apprentice of any age starting between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2021.
Winners of the 2021 Propertymark Qualifications Awards will receive entry to this year’s ARLA Propertymark Conference & Exhibition at Excel London. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday 17 September 2021 and it’s free to apply.