Junior Estate Agents may work in different areas of estate agency, i.e. sales, auctioneering and commercial property. In all cases, they will be required to understand and comply with contractual, statutory and legal restrictions, and client confidentiality. They will be working under supervision within the wider organisation.
The work is varied and typical roles will include: data registration, producing window adverts, arranging and booking viewings, accompanying colleagues on site visits to various properties, selling additional services, collecting keys, carrying out basic property research, including marketing procedures through portals, websites and various databases
Additionally the Junior Estate Agent would prepare floor plans of a property, following the measuring code of practice and also assist with the provision of sales particulars. This would include how to take and produce photographs for individual properties. As part of the sales process, apprentices would need to know how to conduct viewings and receive a formal offer made from a purchaser and the policies and procedures concerned with processing this. The Junior Estate Agent will work closely with colleagues to explore solutions to problems and improvements to working patterns. They will take responsibility for the quality, accuracy and planning of their own work.
The Junior Estate Agent will be able to acquire the fundamental skills for the commercial and residential property sales industry. This in turn will give them the capability for further career progression on completion of the apprenticeship. This career progression can be either with their existing employer or within the industry in general. It will also enhance their ability to undertake further qualifications.
The learner journey
1. 12 months on-programme – This is when the individual will learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours which will support them for their End-Point Assessment. The learner could partake in a combination of activities, such as classroom based sessions, mentoring, shadowing, bespoke resources and off-site visits in order to support their learning and development.
You will be required to spend at least six hours a week on off-the-job training in order to meet the course requirements.
2. Gateway – After the 12 months teaching and learning, you, your training provider and the learner will review the learners journey and decide whether it is the right time for the on-programme assessment.
3. End-Point Assessment – This is when your learner will need to demonstrate they have learnt the required knowledge, skills and behaviours, through an on demand knowledge test, a professional discussion, practical observation and business project.
Industry recognised qualifications
Apprentices have the opportunity to study an industry recognised qualification alongside their apprenticeship. Options include the Propertymark Level 2 Award in Introduction to Residential Property Management Practice or the Propertymark Level 2 Award in Introduction to Sale of Residential Property. During their qualification, apprentices receive student membership, granting access to resources, webinars, and industry events.
Those with an annual wage bill of less than £3m do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy. Instead, 95% of each apprenticeship is funded by the government whilst a 5% investment is required by the employer to enhance the skills of their employee.
- Employers are also be eligible for a £1000 incentive payment if the apprentice is aged 16–18.
- Employers with less than 50 employees and where the apprentice is aged 16–18, the government will fund 100% of the apprentice and are eligible for a £1000 incentive payment.
- Employers with those aged 19+ the government will continue to fund 95% of the apprenticeship programme whilst a 5% investment is required by the employer.
Businesses can manage this through the Apprenticeship Service online account.