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Graham Awards


Apprenticeships success leads to key award for lettings chief

The agency operated by the immediate past president of ARLA Propertymark has received a government award for its work with apprentices. 

Maxine Fothergill’s Amax Estates and Property Services won the award from the Department of Work and Pensions for introducing young people to the property profession.

“I fell into the property industry by chance, but now could not imagine doing anything else, and it’s the best job in the world. Most people love property, and we all need it. The estate and letting agency professions shape people’s lives while also being a dream job for those who love seeing different properties” explains Fothergill.


Amax has been employing both apprentices and young people on the Kickstart programme for 12 years in both lettings and block management, as well as a kickstart to work on social media management, who receive a grounding in office work . Several have gone on to full-time positions with the company.

Fothergill is determined to present the profession as a great option for young people seeking a career and during here year as ARLA Propertymark President she became Vice Chair of Housing and Property Management Trailblazer Group overseen by the DWP to develop apprenticeships.

Propertymark itself says increased professional standards are key to promoting the profession as a career and improving the reputation of agents, which suffers as a result of being largely unregulated. The Trailblazer Group's work on the new apprenticeship paths is designed to change that and bring more young people into the profession.


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