Leading commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has shone the spotlight on Lincolnshire during National Apprenticeship Week (NAW).
Taking place between the 4th to 8th of March, NAW is currently in its 12th year and an annual celebration of apprenticeships that aims to bring the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.
The theme for this years NAW was ‘Blaze a Trail’, and celebrated how apprentices bring new energy and passion into organisations.
LSH hosted University College of Estate Management (UCEM) apprenticeship outcomes officer Debi Gaskin-Palmer who met the company’s three young apprentices, Alex Clifton, Jack Deakin and Harry Collins.
Debi shadowed the apprentices to see what their daily working life was like and said: “It was a real pleasure for me to spend time with Alex and Jack. In my role, I regularly monitor and record the progress and achievements of our UCEM apprentices but seeing how effective, engaged, and passionate they are in their jobs and how valued they are within their teams was the best part of the day for me.”
Both Alex and Jack were recruited as apprentices and are currently training to become fully qualified chartered surveyors as they continue to study at UCEM for degrees in real estate.
Apprentice Harry Collins is currently working in valuation, while Jack is in the agency team, and Alex is a former swimming teacher who now works in lease advisory.
Alex aged 21 said: “I was enjoying being a swimming teacher, but I wanted something that would give me a career path. I heard about the LSH apprentice programme, and I was delighted when I joined the team at the Lincoln office.
“It is going really, really well and I love my new career. LSH is supporting me while I study for a BsC Honours degree in real estate, and I’m finding it a massive bonus to be learning while I’m working. I’m getting hands-on experience and, for me, that’s the best way to learn.”
Tim Shaw, office director for LSH in Lincoln, said: “Our apprentices Alex, Jack and Harry are valuable members of the team and I’m sure they will go on to enjoy successful careers in commercial property. There will always be a need for graduates with real estate degrees, and we shouldn’t forget the need to attract more mature candidates with experience of the market.
“However, I am committed to giving more young people, from diverse backgrounds, an opportunity to build a career in commercial property here at LSH through our apprenticeship programme.”
LSH supports young apprentices nationwide and actively encourages those who want a career as a RICS-qualified chartered surveyor to get in touch; please take visit their careers pages for more information.
Featured Image Alex Clifton (left) and Marie Gutteridge working at Lambert Smith Hampton in Lincoln.