First college in south to offer estate agency course
Brighton MET has become the first college in the south of England to offer this new one-year estate agency course.
The course leads to a Level 3 qualification, equivalent to an A-level, which is accepted for membership of NAEA Propertymark (formerly the National Association of Estate Agents).
The course has been designed by industry professionals, with Sawyer and Co director Chris Sawyer among the teaching staff. Chris will take classes on leasehold properties, enfranchisement and other technical issues. He was interested in the course because the industry has a problem with recruitment. Trainees are often confined to the back office as it can take a few months to master basic protocols. Chris said:
“The course enables them to hit the ground running. A job in an agency is often sink or swim and sometimes if the environment is wrong, it might not work out.”
Chris served as president of the Brighton and Hove Estate Agents Association last year, and will liaise between the College and the profession.
Brighton MET’s head of business and industry services, Helen Curtis, said that work placements were key.
“Students will do a minimum of 30 hours work experience, ideally much more, where they will be inspired and encouraged to get involved. We have been working closely with industry from the outset and businesses remain on board.”
One student, Reana Muca, is combining the estate agency course with a Level 3 accounting course that she started last year. Reana came to Brighton MET from BHASVIC to learn skills that would prepare her for work.
Like Reana, Ricardo Seaman took A-levels but now wanted a practical course. He enrolled because of the qualification in customer service. He used to work at Primark and in a call centre.
Another student, Autumn-Moon Chan-Garvey, has A-levels in applied law, sociology and psychology already but wants to do an apprenticeship rather than go to university. She said that she liked the course because it combined knowledge with practical skills – and it’s her last year of free education.
Property course tutor, Kerry Salkeld, became an estate agent in Shoreham because it fitted in with her family commitments. She provided holiday cover for the sales team at her old firm, staying abreast of developments in the industry and bringing real-life scenarios to college. She aims to build students’ confidence and give them industry-specific knowledge and transferable life skills.