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Applications have opened for the next Insight Programme starting in September 2022. This fully virtual programme is aimed at students not reading a property related subject at university and looking to know more about surveying or planning.

Our Insight Programme is designed primarily to provide a foundation to build understanding of services and careers within the planning and surveying industry. By generating interest from a broader candidate pool, our programme enables us to grow and diversify our talent pipeline outside of the usual cognate university students.

Marie-Ange Ehrhart, Early Careers Talent Advisor, based at our Banbury office said “We found that many of the non-cognate students our panels interviewed for graduate roles were extremely talented but struggled to articulate their career aspirations due to limited knowledge. Our Insight Programme intends to provide individuals with an opportunity to get a real understanding while at the same time enabling us to spot talent and get a good grasp of the non-cognate graduate market.”

The programme is intended to be as interactive and engaging as possible. It will include presentations and talks, personal development training, group and individual tasks as well as access to a buddy to make it a meaningful and enriching professional work experience. The five days are all delivered virtually so students from anywhere in the UK can attend.

For each sector, the participants can take part in team tasks and activities such as preparing a rent review for commercial premises, putting together a residential sales brochure, creating an illustrative masterplan of a site, and looking at options for a barn conversion.

There are also individual tasks aimed at encouraging the participants to reflect on their understanding, personal preferences and skills to help them determine what they’re good at, what they like most and what they want to achieve in their career. Finally, in order to help them apply for surveying placements and jobs in the future, we help them improve their interview and CV writing skills.

Marie-Ange added: “We have had some great feedback from those attending our Insight Programme in April. Some were initially interested in a career in property but were not sure of the roles within the different sectors. The programme shows them how varied and different the sectors are and will hopefully empower them to define their career goals. Four participants from previous programmes have now been offered graduate roles and five others subsequently secured a summer placement with us which goes to show it has supported some to take the next step in their career path.”

One student who attended said: “I think I can happily and proudly say I understand what surveying is across a range of sectors. I have enjoyed every project, meeting new people and all the sessions this programme had to offer, which was a fantastic learning opportunity. I have already applied the skills I have learnt to interviews I have had and will continue to use what I have learnt from this programme in the future.”

Another student said: “I have really enjoyed the Insight Programme and have learnt so much. I did not expect it to impact my career aspirations this much, as coming into the programme I had very limited knowledge of the industry. It has motivated me to seek further experience in surveying, to help increase the chances that I will be accepted onto an internship or placement.”

The programme will run for five days from 5 - 9 September 2022. To apply, CVs need to be submitted with a cover letter via our website clearly stating why you wish to attend our programme and what you’re hoping to gain from it. Applications close at 4pm on Friday 22 July 2022.

For more information click here or click here for our Insights Programme brochure.