The national Auctioneering and Property Services Apprenticeship is formally launched by Joe McHugh TD, Minister for Education and Skills.
City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) is the co-ordinating provider for the new national Auctioneering and Property Services Apprenticeship.
The first intake of apprentices began the programme in September 2018 in Ballsbridge College of Further Education and Cork College of Commerce. At the formal launch on 11th April Minister McHugh spoke about how apprenticeships are not just about qualifications but are also about gaining life experience which is highly valued by employers. Yvonne Mulligan, apprentice in Ballsbridge College described it as a super course and very beneficial. She said it requires a lot of hard work and dedication but that it has given her great confidence. Carol Hanney, Chief Executive of CDETB, spoke about the historic role of apprenticeships in education and of the importance of being in the forefront of the development and delivery of new programmes.
The national Auctioneering and Property Services apprenticeship is a two year apprenticeship programme aimed at school leavers and mature applicants who wish to follow a career path in Property Services. Apprentices are employed in Auctioneering, Estate Agency, Property Management and Property Letting Firms.
Learning takes place in the company where the apprentices work four days per week and they attend college one day per week. In addition to achieving a QQI Level 6 certificate in Auctioneering and Property Services, on completion of the programme the apprentice will be eligible to apply for a Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA) licence. Apprentices are paid a salary and the off-the-job education is government funded.
The apprenticeship was developed in response to a shortage of trained personnel in the sector as many staff left the sector due to the recession and approximately 400 licensees retire each year. Ballsbridge College has been providing a QQI level 5 auctioneering course for many years and has well established links with employers in the sector. The college was approached by a number of companies in 2015 who proposed the development of an apprenticeship program as a way of addressing the shortage of qualified staff. A consortium steering group of employers was formed to support the development and roll out of the programme consisting of Sherry Fitzgerald, Knight Frank, MFO The Property Professional, DNG, Savills, Allen Jacob, Lisney and REA Ed Dempsey, the CEO of Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA), as well as the two professional bodies the Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCSI) and the institute of professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV). City of Dublin Education and Training Board was appointed as the Co-ordinating Provider and Cork Education and Training Board joined the Consortium Steering Group in 2017.
The apprenticeship programme was validated by QQI in July 2018 and apprentices commenced the programme in September 2018 in Ballsbridge College of Further Education and Cork College of Commerce. Due to employer demand, the apprenticeship programme is being rolled out in Galway City for the first time this September and two new groups of apprentices will commence the programme in Dublin and Cork.
Interested employers and potential apprentices can apply directly to the colleges at the email addresses below and general enquiries can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org