It is around this time of year, we traditionally welcome a number of new colleagues who are new to the world of work, saying farewell to full time education of some sort. This year is no different as we have welcomed around 40 graduates, placement students and apprentices to the Faithful+Gould UK & Europe business over the last month.
All of the graduates and apprentices have been through a rigorous assessment process to be selected for one of our early career roles, participating in assessment centres and interviews to ensure that we select the most talented individuals from across the country.
...we consistently achieve pass rates significantly higher than the RICS average.
These employees are vital to Faithful+Gould but also the wider industry, as we continue to invest in the future of the profession. Our new colleagues bring with them a fresh perspective and new ideas which we must harness.
It is important that we provide support and guidance to these individuals, and as such, our graduates attended a three day induction event, held at the NEC in Birmingham at the end of September.
The first full day of the induction event focussed on professional development and detailed how we support the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) process. With detailed information about the requirements and how we provide support within Faithful+Gould, it is little wonder that we consistently achieve pass rates significantly higher than the RICS average.
The graduates then join others from Atkins (some 280 graduates joined this year) to understand the wider business in more detail and cover topics such as personal brand and staying safe. It is also a really good opportunity to network and build relationships which they can utilise throughout their career.
A similar event will take place for our professional apprentices at the end of October...
The induction event signals the commencement of our three year Graduate Development Programme, which equips graduates with tools and knowledge to accelerate their development.
A similar event will take place for our professional apprentices at the end of October which will support them through their professional part-time study, as well as being another excellent opportunity to meet other colleagues who have opted to 'earn and learn'. This route into employment is becoming increasingly popular with the introduction of university tuition fees and individuals wanting certainty over future employment.
Our continued investment in early careers, even through tougher economic times, has provided a great pipeline of qualified, experienced individuals who progress through the organisation at a pace.