As the summer approaches, Final Year students across the UK are preparing to embark on their chosen careers at a time when gaining worthwhile and degree specific employment amongst young Graduates is still a significant challenge.
City & Country, a leading Essex based heritage developer, is proud to have established a Graduate Trainee Programme, offering bright, keen and enthusiastic individuals the opportunity to forge successful careers within the specialist property development sector.
Since 2010 the group has employed eleven graduates in a variety of positions across the business, including Site Management, Interior Design and Marketing.
Helen Moore, Managing Director at City & Country, commented: “With our rapid growth in the last five years and with a number of new development launches scheduled for later this year, we are very keen to continue to invest in growing our team to match the needs of the rapid expansion of the business.”
“We’re delighted to offer talented young people an opportunity to work within the property industry. It remains a tough climate for Graduate’s seeking rewarding employment, which is made even harder if you are lacking in experience. We recognise the importance of giving Graduates the opportunity to develop their skills and gain much needed experience. At City & Country we already invested heavily in developing our own Graduate Training Programme. By bringing fresh, bright young individuals into our business, we know they will not only grow and develop with us to achieve a very rewarding career but they will also assist us in delivering the restoration and conversion of some of Britain’s most special heritage assets; bringing them back into beneficial by providing much needed homes for current and future generations.”
Ben Mackett, part of City & Country’s original graduate intake in 2010, has since been promoted twice to his current role of Project Coordinator. He comments: “I knew I wanted to work with historic buildings and was particularly drawn to City & Country as the close-knit, family owned and run style of the company would grant me much greater exposure to all facets of the business compared to larger organisations.
“Spending around six months on site and six months in the office, I really discovered how the company runs as a business. The challenge of working with historic buildings is what attracted me to the Graduate Training Programme and since joining I have progressed through the scheme to the role of Assistant to the Development Director, before a second promotion led to my current position of Project Coordinator.”
The Graduate Trainee Programmes have been flexibly designed to allow those still in education to work on a part time basis, if it suits their weekly schedule. Site-based Graduates receive extensive training in Health & Safety, Project Programming and even fork lift truck driving courses, ensuring that they are fully trained to assist with all aspects of work on site. Graduates are also able to attend the regular Directors’ Site Visits to review the progress of their Project and gain an understanding of the Vision and Values of the business, first hand through regular exposure to the Senior Management Team; an opportunity not afforded on most Graduate Training Programmes.
Helen added: “Every Trainee is assigned a Mentor who previously joined the business as a Graduate Trainee, as well as a Supervisor who they report directly to. I also have regular meetings with them to discuss challenges, achievements and progress.”
There are currently four Graduate Trainee positions available, being: Quantity Surveying, Land & Property Management, Customer Care Management and Assistant to Development Director.
City & Country has been building its team and strengthening the management structure having enjoyed considerable growth in the last five years. The company has grown significantly, increasing its turnover by 65% per annum over the last five years from £11.5 million to £48.8 million, and is forecasting future growth over the next five years to in excess of £120 million. It is undoubtedly an exciting time for those embarking on their property careers with the dynamic and successful group.
City & Country is currently offering a range of homes for sale across the South of England including The Garden Quarter in Bicester, Bentley Priory (the former Battle of Britain HQ) in Stanmore, and The Galleries in Brentwood. New projects include King Edward VII Estate, which is situated in the South Downs National Park in Midhurst, West Sussex, and The General in Bristol City Centre.
For more information visit: City & Country Graduate Trainee Programme, or call 01279 817 882.
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