• 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
  • I currently work for the specialist market valuations team, where I assist in valuing pubs and leisure assets. I assist in writing the reports and help with the valuations. Currently, my day to day is quiet repetitive, however i have only been in the team for six months. I also assist in tracking the comparables and anything else the team require.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I have learnt a range of skills during my apprenticeship scheme. Having rotated into 5 different service lines I have not only learnt practical skills, but also improved my organisation, time management, communication and team working skills. I work in the real estate industry and now understand how a range of different aspects of the industry work.


  • 3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
  • I have enjoyed my time at CBRE, I have met some amazing people and have made some great friends. I have been fortunate to work in a range of different teams, learning from the best in the industry. I do feel as an apprentice you still get treated differently to a grad and get a lot of the work no one wants to do. However, changes according to the team, manager and individual.


  • 4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
  • Our apprenticeship scheme is very well structured. The main room for improvement is the rotation process and better communication from HR. While you are in the team, the structure is usually very good, but depends on the line manager. I have learnt over my 5 years, clear communication and planning is fundamental to getting the most out of the team.


  • 5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
  • HR could improve, over the years communication has not been as good as it could be. Other than that, support has been very good. Each team I have worked in my colleagues have been excellent in giving up their time to help and assist me in my learning and development.


  • 6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
  • While at college the course was online so was mostly down to you, however support was there if needed. I have found uni we have received less support. Work have been very understanding allowing a day off to go to uni and if i have been stuck my teams have been extremely supportive and helpful.


  • 7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
  • My learning has helped me a bit with work, however, during the rotations it is mostly learning on the job what is required. University certainly has helped me more than college and forced me to learn a lot of things which have been useful for work. College was very varied and some of what was learnt was not helpful.


  • 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, CBRE have lots of extra-curricular activities, including a football, tennis and cricket team. There are many professional networking events, which include networking drinks, cpd events and a range of other activities. CBRE excels in having various networks suchs as the Multi Cultural Network (which i am on the board for), womens network, faith network, proud network and army one to.


  • 9a. Would you recommend CBRE to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 9b. Why?
  • CBRE has been an excellent company for my development and set me on a good path into a career. I have room to progress and have had excellent exposure. CBRE is very welcoming and there are so many different teams, there is something for everyone. We are based all over the world and certainly would recommend to someone pursuing a career in real estate.

  • 10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to CBRE?
  • Enthusiasm is key, CBRE want someone who is enthusiastic and keen to learn. They want an individual who is driven, proactive and will work hard to assist the team. Before getting a career in property, work experience is always invaluable. I would recommend when joining the business be open with your line manager and be crystal clear what you want to get out of the seat. This is something, i regrettable failed to do when i begun the apprenticeship. There is plenty of support, but it is also down to the individual to go out there and get it.


Degree Apprenticeship / Sponsored Degree (Level 6/7)


February 2020

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