Expanding North East letting company GFW Letting has welcomed its first property apprentice to its Newcastle office in a bid to support the next generation of property professionals.
Former Whitley Bay High School pupil ADAM BISHOP, 18, joins GFW Letting as a trainee property assistant working alongside the busy property management team. He has responsibility for a wide range of day-to-day property tasks, varying from property viewings to administrative duties, all delivering excellent customer service.
Speaking about his new role, Adam, who is based in Whitley Bay, said: “I’m really happy to have joined the GFW Letting team. There’s a lot of variety in the work I’m doing and I get to work both in and out of the office and have the chance to meet lots of new people – something I really like.
“I’ve settled in well and I’m enjoying my role so far. I see property management as being a career for the future – people will always need somewhere to live and renting is becoming an increasingly popular choice.”
The new apprenticeship opportunity comes off the back of a successful first year in business for Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) and Association of Residential Lettings Agents (Arla)-registered GFW Letting, which has seen the company – part of the George F White Group – go from strength to strength.
Since merging with Newcastle letting agent Davis Keep Ltd, earlier this year, the company is undergoing an exciting period of expansion including this new opportunity for a young person to develop their skills in a thriving industry.
At the end of the year, Adam will receive a formal qualification in property management enabling him to take the next step in his career. The scheme is also bolstered by the success of George F White’s own apprentice initiative, which currently includes three apprentices undergoing training within the firm and a fourth now qualified with a permanent position.
GFW Letting director Holly Armstrong said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Adam and for GFW Letting and we are thrilled to have him on board. We were extremely impressed by Adam’s enthusiasm and the fresh new ideas he brought to the table and we look forward to seeing him continue to develop his understanding of the industry, throughout the year.
“Across the board, we are a company dedicated to supporting young talent. The young people involved in the George F White apprenticeship scheme have benefited hugely from the confidence-building opportunities they have had and we hope Adam will come out of his apprenticeship with a wide range of transferable skills to take the next step in his career in the property industry.
“So far, 2014 has been a successful year for GFW Letting and it’s great to have Adam on board as we continue our growth as a team.”
Adam is working alongside property manager Stacey Hogg, who said: “I’m delighted to have Adam on board. We’re dedicated to connecting discerning tenants with quality homes and as a result, we’re experiencing high demand for both our urban and rural properties.
“Taking on a talented new apprentice will only help to strengthen the GFW Letting offer even more so.”