Students succeed as demand for apprentices double

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 May 2012

Former apprentice and manager of Heritage Estate Agent Matthew Wheeler with Managing Director Richard Vande de Velde.

Former apprentice and manager of Heritage Estate Agent Matthew Wheeler with Managing Director Richard Vande de Velde.

Weston College

THE demand for apprentices to work in regional estate agents offices has doubled as the spring bounce takes hold of mortgage applications.

According to the latest figures by HM Revenue and Customs there were 74,000 completed sales last month, up by 11,000 from February.

This has proven to be good news for Weston College students.

Weston College sales co-ordinator, Christopher Batt, said: “Since the same time in the last academic year the number of apprentices taken on by estate agents has doubled to 18.

“The number of inquiries has also soared. Estate agents are effective signals for the economy being the first to suffer in a recession and first to show signs of recovery.”

The pick-up in house sales is also thought to have brought forward buyers keen to avoid the stamp duty concession, which expired in March.

Heritage Estate Agents have taken on four new apprentices and the manager of the Yatton branch, Matt Wheeler, was also a Weston College apprentice when he joined the company almost 10-years-ago.

Mr Wheeler said: “There are signs of recovery and taking on apprentices helps keep costs down. I came up through the ranks and the experience and training was invaluable.”

Weston College is supporting a scheme that will offer employers a grant of up to £1,500 to take on an apprentice.

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers offers grants towards wages and will provide up to 40,000 apprenticeship grants nationwide.

For more information contact the business enterprise centre on 01934 411594 or email business.enterprise.centre@weston.ac.uk.


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