X1 Lettings recruiting Property Managers for the Future

Manchester’s property market continues to boom, and the demand for trained staff is increasing. To support this growth, The Apprentice Academy are proud to add the Housing/Property Management Level 3 Apprenticeship to their portfolio. This apprenticeship is aimed at college leavers completing their A level/BTEC studies this summer and existing staff in Property Management companies who are looking to upskill and obtain the professionally recognised IRPM (Institute for Residential Property Management) or ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents) qualifications.

X1 Lettings are already on board, offering three roles to young people who are completing their college exams in the next few weeks.

X1 provide residential and student properties in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds. As a dynamic, successful and rapidly growing business, they are always looking for fast paced, professional, ambitious and passionate people to join their friendly team. They value teamwork, flexibility and quality.

They have won multiple awards each year including ‘Employer of the Year’ in the 2016 Negotiator Awards.

The most recent awards include the following from 2018:

  • Best Lettings Agency with UKPA
  • Best Sales & Lettings Agency with The Grafters
  • Regional Agency of the Year at The Negotiator
  • Lettings Agency of the Year at The Negotiator

They also have several employee benefits including a free onsite gym.

Of the three apprentices they are recruiting, two will undertake the new Property Management Apprenticeship, and one will study the Assistant Accountant level 3 apprenticeship. Each role is in a different area of the business. Links to the three opportunities are below:

You can learn about the ‘Tenancy Care and Compliance’ apprentice role here.

Info on the ‘Enquiries, Viewings and Bookings’ apprentice role here.

Details about the Finance role can be found here.

The Property Management Apprenticeship programme explained

When figuring out what career route to take, Property Management may not be the first to be thought of, however a role in this sector can not only be rewarding, but lucrative as well. There are great progression opportunities for motivated young people keen to learn and get on with their career

The programme duration is 18 to 24 months, and depending on the type of organisation there are two Professionally recognised qualifications that can be taken:

ARLA – Association of Residential Letting Agents

IRPM – Institute of Residential Property Management

The apprenticeship can be tailored to numerous job roles, Property Manager, Lettings Negotiator, Lettings Officer, Allocations Officer and Income Management Officer to name a few. It will give you the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to succeed in these roles and similar roles.

How does this Future Talent programme work?

The new programme for Property Management can be summarised as followed:

  • Individuals interested in an apprenticeship vacancy come to one of our Recruitment Days. On these Recruitment Days, we provide extensive Information Advice and Guidance on becoming an apprentice, being an apprentice, our apprenticeship programmes, additional vacancies available and progression routes. We also match for role suitability, looking at communication skills, employability skills, academic predicted grades, English and IT skills.
  • If you are successful, you are then added to our Talent Pool and matched to roles you are suitable for and interested in. The Academy then organises interviews and provides you with interview training and preparation beforehand.
  • If/when you are successful at a job interview, you will receive a start date and information relevant to you programme. You will start your apprenticeship on your start date and attend a bootcamp session to prepare you for the workplace.
  • Throughout the programme you will receive (At a minimum) monthly contact with your specialist coach. Your coach will be Steve, an experienced individual and expert in the field of Housing and Property Management.

Closing comments

It is worth noting that property management roles can be quite pressurised. Dealing with customers can be quite daunting, however the skills you learn throughout the programme can prepare you for a range of situations. The employers we are working with agree that a training programme is great for supporting people new to property management, as it gives them the confidence, competence and capability to succeed in the field.

We want to thank X1 Lettings for getting on board and giving 3 young people a great opportunity to succeed in the Housing/Property field, and we will have more information soon on the next employers who will also be recruiting!

More information on the programme can be found here.

More information on our Future Talent programme for college leavers can be found here.