A former England international is an early graduate of a new estate agency academy in Yorkshire.
Rebecca Rayner, a former England under-18 woman’s football player, had no estate agency experience at the end of last year but within six months has progressed from a property marketing manager to team leader of business growth, managing a team of 10 at the Preston Baker agency.
Rayner, from Doncaster, says it’s testimony to the way the firm offers career progression.
“There are lots of opportunities for staff right across the business and you are never pigeon-holed to a particular position.”
The agency has launched a new academy offering openings for graduates, along with what it calls a structured induction and training programme and clearly defined progression routes through the company.
“With a transparent salary band of £20,000 to £25,000 within the Academy, plus a quarterly bonus of £500 and other incentives, it’s a really good package for individuals wanting to work in the industry” according to Preston Baker’s head of talent, Zoe Johnson.
Preston Baker, which covers Leeds, York, Doncaster and Selby, redesigned its structure during lockdown in a bid to nurture more talent within the industry.
Its academy includes a nine-week induction programme, six-month estate agent university course - done online and funded by Preston Baker - along with in-role training, shadowing roles across the business, mentoring and coaching.
There are incentives including prizes, gifts, and company-wide events and activities.
“Since the start of the year we have had 10 promotions from the academy” says Johnson.
“It is a very high volume, target-driven environment, but offers great rewards for the right people.”