While most 20-year-olds can only dream of owning their own home, our latest apprentice Adam Bland is experiencing the battle to get on the housing ladder from the other side. The former Walsall College pupil was handed the keys to a successful career after he was taken on as an apprentice by our estate and lettings agency, iLoveHomes in Walsall!
The 20-year-old joined iLoveHomes in 2016 on a 12-month apprenticeship and will help the company grow the sales side of the business. We’re an advocate of work-based apprentice training schemes, which have already produced some promising employees who have progressed within our company, enjoying rewarding careers. Adam Bland joined the iLoveHomes team in conjunction with the NOVA training apprenticeship scheme and he is currently working towards an NVQ Level 2 in Sales of Residential Property.
Adam Bland said, “I chose an apprenticeship in Estate Agency to help develop my personal skills and gain practical experience. The iLoveHomes team have been fantastic and very supportive of my ambitions. Although work is now an integral part of my daily routine, I still make time for the Gym, sporting activities and a very busy social schedule!”
The scheme has both social and commercial benefits, which we believe have advantages for everyone, if handled in the right way.
Andrew Thomas, a director at iLoveHomes said, “With the help of a good local training provider to identify young people with potential and with a comprehensive training element, we find competency and performance levels after just one year are amazing”.
Mr Thomas continued, "If the whole of the industry committed to employing apprentices, it would make a huge difference to local youth unemployment statistics. We know that there are some remarkable young people out there who just need a chance to prove themselves. With the right training and support, we find apprentices quickly develop skills and deliver a measureable contribution to our business. Adam is a testament to how successful the scheme is, displaying the enthusiasm and commitment necessary in working towards his academic qualification and gaining valuable experience within the workplace. Adam is a friendly character, who loves to talk, and especially getting in front of the camera. We consider Adam to be a very important part of our company”
As a progressive estate agency and lettings agency, here at iLoveHomes we have responded to increased activity levels as a result of improving conditions in the housing market by expanding our workforce. Our estate agency has made three new appointments over the past six months, two of which have been apprentices.