Hollis is proud to be supporting National Apprenticeship Week 2020.
The theme this year is ‘look beyond’ and it’s encouraging everyone to look beyond the outdated stereotypes surrounding apprenticeships and to celebrate the diversity of opportunity and value that they bring to businesses today. At Hollis, we couldn’t agree with this more.
Since 2016 our apprenticeship scheme has become a highly sought-after route to becoming a fully qualified Chartered Building Surveyor. For our most recent intake we’ve received over 350 applications which is testament to its success (shout out to our HR team who had a tough job on their hands whittling it down to the best candidates!).
As part of our scheme we offer an optimal balance of formal training and on-the-job learning, enabling our apprentices to gain qualifications while earning a salary. Our apprentices are making impact, not tea. But don’t just take our word for it, here is what some of our apprentices have said:
“The apprenticeship route is great because you get to learn and earn whilst being exposed to all elements of an industry you might not have known much about. What I enjoy most is getting to go on interesting site inspections across London and being around experienced and extremely knowledgeable surveyors.” – Verity Long, Surveying Assistant
“Starting out as an apprentice, I wasn’t expected to have any of the knowledge or skills required but as I have integrated and worked with my fellow surveyors, my confidence and knowledge of the industry has increased significantly. I enjoy the fact that my working day is never the same. I could be attending project progress meetings with contractors one day and inspecting interesting listed buildings the next.” – Harry Wright, Surveying Assistant
For us as a business there are many benefits to hiring apprentices – including training at grass roots level, increased loyalty and retention, it’s economical (because of the government levy) and gives some of our more junior members of staff the chance to line manage and mentor someone.
“Apprenticeships are mutually beneficial for apprentices and surveyors, creating a positive cycle in the company. The apprentice learns how to complete instructions whilst assisting the surveyor with their workload. As the apprentice develops their skills, they are better able to assist, and so the positive cycle continues.” – George Miller, Chartered Building Surveyor and Apprentice Buddy.
An apprenticeship scheme is also a way forward to help shape the future of the surveying industry.
John Woodman, Senior Partner, said: “At Hollis, we believe and value the differences that a diverse workforce brings to an organisation. We’re at a point now where more people are retiring than joining the industry. We want to remove potential barriers to surveying and help drive the next generation of real estate.”
We now employ six apprentices spread across our London and Newcastle offices, with more joining us this year. We look forward to supporting each one of them with their careers and seeing them grow and progress within the business!
Find out more about our apprenticeship scheme here.