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Friday 02 November 2018

Propertymark Qualifications has been announced as the first end-point assessment organisation to be recognised by the Education and Skills Funding Agency for the Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship standard.

According to recent research, 92 per cent of businesses employing apprentices feel like they have a more motivated and satisfied workforce, and 80 per cent find their employees stay with them longer. However, many employers find the process of employing apprentices confusing and therefore the requirements around recruitment, assessment and funding need to be simplified to benefit more small and independent businesses.

This week’s announcement in the Autumn Budget that small businesses will now only need to contribute five per cent towards apprenticeships is good news and will make them more accessible. As an end point assessment organisation, Propertymark Qualifications will support apprentices through the final stages providing an easy route to complete their apprenticeship.

The End-Point Assessment is the final stage of an apprenticeship. It is the assessment of an individual’s competence and standard of work which is carried out by an independent, qualified third-party assessor.

Mike Smith, Head of Propertymark Qualifications commented: “We are delighted to be the first recognised End-Point Assessor for the Junior Estate Agent apprenticeship. It is designed to raise entry levels and professional competence in the sector. Our expertise as the independently regulated, leading provider of property qualifications, combined with our close working relationship with NAEA Propertymark, allows us to combine our market leading educational offerings with the expectations the sector has of new recruits’ practical, on the ground knowledge. This combination makes us best placed to assess whether apprentices are achieving and receiving the appropriate, benchmarked levels of training and experience.”

For further information about apprenticeships or the Junior Estate Agent Standard, take a look at the Propertymark Guide to Apprenticeships, or to learn more about the standard, visit the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

You can find more information about end point assessment on the Propertymark Qualifications website.