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First ever Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship end-point-assessment delivered

Wednesday 19 August 2020

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, Southampton, became the first ever qualified Junior Estate Agent.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, plans to trial and roll out remote assessments were fast-forwarded with the help of their team of experienced independent assessors and e-assessment provider. Working closely together, a new bespoke virtual assessment platform had to be created along with a remote testing protocol, imitating the controlled test environment necessary for regulated end-point-assessments.

Two years in the making

The Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship process initially began in July 2018 when the Institute of Apprenticeships approved the Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship standard. It was the culmination of work from a group of prominent employers within the estate agent industry. With the support of the Institute of Apprenticeships, the group were committed to creating a new vocational apprenticeship for the industry, engaging with potential training providers, and planning for the eventual end-point-assessments.

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We are delighted that Charlie passed and she was overjoyed she completed her apprenticeship to become the first-ever Junior Estate Agent. What makes this a particularly great achievement is that Charlie had been furloughed in the four months running up to her assessment, so to succeed in her exam while being away from the workplace is very impressive.

There has been a lot of interest in the Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship, and we delivered further assessments in August. Potentially we have up to 150 apprentices over the next 12 months, from an expanding group of training providers.

Gary Elliott, Assessment Manager, Propertymark Qualifications

New funding available

There is now extra funding available for employers who take on apprentices, announced as part of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Plan for Jobs in July. Aimed to help young people enter a competitive job market, it will also give employers the confidence to hire an apprentice and benefit from the boost an energetic new employee can bring to the business.

The new funding will be combined with existing funding to create a larger incentive for hiring a new apprentice. This includes:

  • £1,000 payment to employers taking on a new 16 to 18-year-old apprentice OR those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan (where applicable).
  • 100 per cent funding of training costs for small employers (under 50 employees) for apprentices aged 16 to 18 years old or under 25 with an Education, Health, and Care Plan.
  • NEW: £2,000 payment to employers in England for each new apprentice hired aged under 25.
  • NEW: £1,500 payment to employers in England for each new apprentice hired aged 25 and over.

Looking to hire an apprentice

If you are thinking of taking advantage of the new funding, Propertymark Qualifications can guide you through the process. Visit their website, or call 01926 417 794.