A leading online residential conveyancing firm has opened its new headquarters and apprenticeship academy in Wirral, Merseyside, to try and help address the recruitment problems within the industry.
ProConveyancing has a goal of training 150 conveyancing professionals over the next five years through its academy, which was officially opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral, by offering apprenticeships to school leavers and other job seekers interested in developing a career in conveyancing and property law.
The company says the conveyancing industry has been facing recruitment and retention challenges for a number of years, which was brought into especially sharp relief during last year’s stamp duty holiday, where an enormous caseload backlog across the industry was created.
ProConveyancing, through the creation of the apprenticeship academy, is seeking to achieve a sustainable solution to these challenges, by investing in local job seekers to create qualified conveyancers and other paralegal professionals.
Founded last year as a fully online residential conveyancing firm, ProConveyancing claims it has grown rapidly thanks to its digitisation and automation of much of the traditional conveyancing process, combined with its focus on delivering excellent customer service.
This has included innovations such as the ProConveyancing mobile app that enables clients to view and manage their cases from their smartphones.
“We’re delighted to be expanding and setting up a physical base in Wirral,” Gary Roy Markham, managing director of ProConveyancing, said. “This location gives us the ability to grow operations in the Wirral area, taking on many more employees and starting an apprenticeship scheme that will see scores of school leavers educated in property law in the next five years and beyond.”
The ProConveyancing Academy will see apprentices working under the supervision of head of legal practice, Hayley Hellon, and trained as property law professionals ‘equipped for a career in an important industry with excellent job prospects’.
What’s more, those currently working in a paralegal capacity in conveyancing will be able to study as part of the ProConveyancing Academy, becoming CLC accredited, licensed conveyancers.