1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Day to day involves first of all, responding to relevant emails at my desk and getting ready for the day ahead, they I could be doing a number of tasks, which could include at my desk writing a marketing report for a house builder, or in a meeting with a land owner talking about their site, or out of the office on a site visit/viewing!
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I've learnt a lot over my year and a half within Savills, mainly I have learnt how to manage my time, with the ability to complete tasks on time and deliver them to a high standard. I have also learnt lots about the industry, and lots about the business its self. The team here in Birmingham itself and Savills have been good at pushing this.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I very much so enjoy my programme, I think that I could be stuck in a lecture at uni but i'm actually sat in an office of a ftse 250 company - its great. The course itself and the structured learning is well presented (from UCEM) and it is easy to get on with. It would be more encouraging if the graduate team in London could have the same input.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The course from UCEM is well structured, with good tasks every week to build up to the assignment, the module leaders are really helpful and they always respond clearly to your questions. The only thing I would add is that when it comes to the assignment they could be clearer as to what they want.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
From my colleagues in the Birmingham Office, I receive lots of support with them allowing me to work flexibly to fit in my studies around actual day to day work. From the graduate team in London I don't receive that much support, and everything goes through my manager, he is the one who checks my progress.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Support from the raining provider is good, with calls arranged with a mentor to check up on progress, who is also really helpful when I have questions to ask. UCEM also provide regular updates with to when information is being releases, and any changes that may be happening to the modules.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I feel that this question should be flipped the other way around, I feel that my learning through the workplaces helps me to perform better with my university work, I am a kinaesthetic learner and like to learn on the job rather than through a textbook or online. Work helps me perform with the training provider.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
Yes 100%. networking and any social activities are encouraged at Savills with lots to get involved in. I play sport when I can with savills, which previously has include running, 5 a side football, and croquette. I meet up regularly with other apprentices from different companies for lunch every two weeks & networking events are run in the office.
9a. Would you recommend Savills to a friend?
Savills is a great property business, and very good if you are entrepreneurial minded - the love new ideas and business generation. Savills is also a very friendly business, and you can approach almost anyone if you have any questions. Also the opportunities to grow personally within the business are great.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Savills?
When applying to Savills I think that is important to do some research about the business, and understand its main business streams and how they generate money. I would also advise to research the people who are interviewing you and think of any questions to ask them. Also the main thing is have a great CV and try for work experience.