1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed various problem solving skills which i have learned to impliment within my day to day job. General business skills are an additional understanding i have now got. Recently I have developed a greater understanding of reconciliations and the role of accounting within the world of property management.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy working knowing that by the time i qualify i will be an experienced surveyor for someone of my position. Doing this within a large company is allowing me to develop a wide network for the future. As a result of this my confidence has improved quite a lot.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The apprenticeship is well structured and the studying alongside my job is allowing me to develop a wider understanding both work wise and academically as the two go hand in hand in terms of development. The only issues revolve around protecting the study day from work as there appears to be little that can be done to ensure I am not working 5 days worth in 4.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There has been an increased support network since an apprenticeship co-ordinator has been employed. It is nice to know that I can pick up the phone or send an email to her at any point to communicate issues or concerns. This has made me fee a lot more comfortable recently.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
There does seem to be a lot of material to work from in order to achieve the qualifications. This has supported me in getting relatively good grades as they direct you well to additional material. My UCEM apprentice co-ordinator was very good. Unfortunately she has changed roles and I have a new one now.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
It definitely helps me understand my role more, especially recently; the later on the studies go, the more property specific the course becomes. For example, the current module i am working on is valuation. That crosses over directly with commercial property and i understand my clients goals more as a result.
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.)
Savills have a number of extra-curricular options, including many in sport which is of great interest to me as that is my main hobby. additionally i have been informed that i can set up my own sports team in a sport that is currently missing from the options provided at the company.
9a. Would you recommend Savills to a friend?
There is a family type culture at the company and nearly all people are very approachable. With it being a large company there are opportunities to get training or work experience accross other teams in order to develop more. This also leads to other job opportunities without having to leave the company.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Savills?
I would advise others to learn about the business and the various different services the company provides, and is looking to provide. I would also encourage someone to meet people in the business and visit different offices - London might be good for some but a regional option might be preferred by others.