Apprenticeship Blogs

Find out what it is like to be a Savills Apprentice by reading our Apprentices monthly blogs here. If you join us, yours might be appearing here in just a couple of years' time

 

    Name: Olly Eades

    University & Course: College of Estate Management, Level 3 Surveying Technician Apprenticeship

    Pathway: Surveying, Commercial

    Team: Retail Landlord, London

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    January 2016

    Having finally begun work towards my AssocRICS qualification, the new challenge of balancing work and study have been a welcome one. Over the course of January I have had the opportunity to delve into the more tangible aspects of the retail department with fruitful tours of Greater London town high streets. These excursions away from the desk have enabled me to gain a far greater perception of the process I am endeavouring to gain major involvement in. Furthermore the introduction of work relating to Legislative fluency in the real estate cycle has assisted me vastly in my development, and I look forward to beginning the compilation of my portfolio with the College of Estate Management over the next few months and the positive implications this will undoubtedly have on my contribution to Savills.

     

    Name: Darren Angel

    University & Course: College of Estate Management, Level 3 Surveying Technician Apprenticeship

    Pathway: Surveying - Valuation

    Team: Residential Valuations, London

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    January 2016

    Fresh cup of tea brewed and a blank Word document opened up on screen. Fast forward an hour and I've an empty cup of tea and still a blank Word document up on screen. Progress. This is what happens when you're asked to pen a monthly piece (for all my fans out there) into how my rise from an Apprentice to Technical Assistant to now apparent blog writer is shaping up. Cometh the hour, cometh the man!

    To put your worrying mind at ease, my time at Savills has been going great. I've been on inspections to many amazing and not so amazing properties, worked with tons of the most amazing people, been abroad and more recently I've started a new apprenticeship *confetti and balloons drop from the ceiling*.

    'What is this new apprenticeship?' I hear you cry, well I'm glad to you asked. What is currently being defined as 'trailblazing' (I can hardly believe it myself), I'll be studying for the next few years towards a Surveying Technician Diploma as well as for an AssocRICS accreditation. Double the work, double the fun and double the drink!

    Writing this blog is how I imagine 'hitting the big time' feels, and as I'm sure you can already tell, I take my blog writing duties very seriously. So stay tuned and here's hoping you're still around for the next edition of the blog. To be continued…

    - Dazza

    Name: Daniel Mackey

    University & Course: College of Estate Management, Level 3 Surveying Technician Apprenticeship

    Pathway: Surveying – Valuation

    Team: Commercial Valuation, London

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    January 2016

    Whilst writing this blog I cast my mind over the 2 life changing years I have been at Savills. An eye opening chapter to the novel of Daniel Mackey.

    Diving into the start of 2015, a year from joining and overcoming my first stepping stone of finishing my initial apprenticeship it was a moment of solidarity with myself and working peers on what to do next. The thought of embarking another journey in property was always in the back of my mind, finding what to do and how to get involved was easier said than done. The thought of going to university was always on the cards, however there was the problem with balancing that with a full time job, travel - well you get the gist of it.

    So the question is how can I help myself and the teams I work for progress in the future?

    It dawned upon us that the Chartered Surveying Training Trust (CSTT) were taking on young professionals in the property industry in a hope to receive accreditation to become Associates to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - (the big ticket)

    From there we can begin to swim with bigger fish. The course is 2 years long, in this time I will be paddling along with other apprentices understanding more in the industry while working in Commercial Valuations, no doubt the course and my day to day duties will tie in together to make the perfect knot.

    It is now February 2016! The ship has departed and we are now on the voyage to becoming fully chartered. Lets not get too ahead of ourselves, we're still in shallow waters...

    Name: Daniel Blaize

    University & Course: College of Estate Management, Level 3 Surveying Technician Apprenticeship

    Pathway: Surveying – Valuation

    Team: Residential Valuation, London

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    January 2016

    My name is Daniel Blaize and I am an apprentice in the residential valuation department. When I first started at Savills I was very nervous as I had never worked in a large corporate company before, so immediately the systems and work load I found challenging. After a couple of weeks of monitoring my colleagues performing the tasks I became very familiar with the jobs that had to be performed. Savills set me up on a lot of training courses that benefited me in ways that I couldn't imagine. These being Word Bronze and silver, Excel, Dynamics, Invoicing, Promap. This did not only help me in my place of work but these skills I can also use at home or take with me in to the future.

    I have been on the apprentice scheme for 6 months. Throughout my time in valuations I have undertaken many different jobs and roles to perform within my team. These consist of editing reports, assisting on inspections of properties, due diligence invoicing and many more. I could not sum my job role up in one word as the work is so diverse, this allows you to learn and pick up different skills that you would I would never thought I would have achieved.

    The apprenticeship is a great scheme to get on to. It has benefited me in ways that I did not imagine - before I received the apprenticeship I wanted to go to university as I believed this was the only way to get in to the property industry, until I came across the CSTT.

    This is the company that helped me to find the great company I am at now. Being able to start my career in property and gain the experience I need to qualify as a surveyor whilst gaining working experience makes this process even better. My mum always said to me good things come to people that wait, better things come to people that work hard for what they believe in.