Countrywide has announced plans to recruit over 200 apprentices in the next year, working on a training programme drawn up with private education firm learndirect.
The apprenticeship programme will offer talented young people the chance to develop their skills through intermediate and advanced customer service and residential lettings and sales apprenticeships.
“We see quality apprenticeships as a key part of our talent strategy – allowing us to invest in staff and promote from within. Initially, 40 apprentices will be joining this year in locations from Newcastle to Yeovil, and Canterbury to Bolton" says John Gray, head of management development at Countrywide, which employs around 12,000 people across the country.
The apprentices will be classed as 'in learning' for the first six months of the programme, developing the skills and knowledge of a front line property advisor. They will then move into an operational role for the remainder of their apprenticeship and will be eligible to earn rewards in line with the rest of the business.
“I am confident learndirect has both the capability and reach to achieve a successful, national roll-out of this programme within our retail business and beyond” says Gray.