An apprenticeship or university? It is a tricky question for young people who may not be sure about either option but feel the pressure to decide what they want to do. Rendall & Rittner strives to put personal development first by investing in new talent to grow their business, by successfully implementing their Graduate and Apprentice programmes.
Matthew Styles, one of Rendall & Rittner’s apprentices shares his personal experience:
“After completing my AS Level exams at college, I joined Rendall & Rittner as an apprentice in March 2017. I knew I didn’t want to go to university, especially when I knew I wanted to work in property and there were other ways of doing so. I wanted to hit the ground running, and the Apprenticeship Scheme at Rendall & Rittner presented an ideal opportunity to gain qualifications, practical experience and start my career.
As I wanted to break into property management, the 18-month pilot scheme was a perfect fit. The programme was delivered through Catch22 where I was able to study part-time, which involved one-day training sessions in London every six weeks. These training sessions looked over important legal aspects of the role, with time spent with both IRPM and Catch22. Outside of the day sessions, I used an online portal called ‘OneFile’ to learn more about property management.
As well as studying, I also had the fantastic opportunity to learn on the job. In the early stages, I was shadowing colleagues, building upon my experience and confidence until I was ready to take on more responsibility within my role. During this time, I felt completely supported by two of my mentors, Area Director Matt Kirk and Team Leader Andrew Taylor.
I completed my apprenticeship in March 2019 and obtained an Associate level IRPM. Within two years of joining the Rendall & Rittner team, I have been promoted to Assistant Property Manager. I can’t recommend this apprenticeship scheme highly enough, as it gives young people the opportunity to gain experience and the IRPM qualification, which not many people at the age of 20 can say they have achieved.
Now fresh out of my apprenticeship, I feel like the future is bright, as I continue my part-time studies to become a member of IRPM and look forward to working towards a RICS qualification too.”
As part of its first travel section, Rendall & Rittner's Residents Club launched an exclusive competition to win an amazing Greek island-hopping cruise, courtesy of Seafarer. In February, one lucky Residents’ Club member was announced as the winner. Here’s what Henry Warren-Jones, 27, from Battersea Reach said about his win.
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