Inspiring the next generation

Did you know that our Real Estate Foundation (RREF) is working hard to increase accessibility to the real estate profession, particularly to those who come from non-traditional backgrounds? One of their projects is the Pathways to Property Summer School, which you might have read about in our magazine, Giving Matters. Our guest blogger today is Emily Archer who is part of the team that organise this event.

RREF photoThis is the time of year when I am really busy working on the Summer School. Its aim is to widen access to the real estate profession and to raise awareness of the range of careers available within the property sector to young people from non-traditional backgrounds. Because it is fully-funded it is available to anyone with an interest in the real estate profession – something that I believe is very important for this industry.

The first Summer School was in 2013, but last year was my first year working on the project. I really enjoy it because there are so many parts to the week. It offers students an exciting range of activities, including exploring current themes in property, taking part in lectures and seminars, developing an understanding of career opportunities in property and learning more about student life.

I also feel very proud when we get great feedback from our students. Callum, a Summer School 2015 attendee, told us that: “Not only has the Summer School furthered my interest in a career in property, but also motivated [me] to try harder in school to achieve the grades that will allow me [a] place on such a great course.” Knowing that we are influencing teenagers and helping them to aspire to greater things is a wonderful feeling!

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We are currently accepting applications for the Summer School and the closing date is 31st May 2016.  If you know of any year 12 students who would be interested in attending the Summer School, please encourage them to find out more and to submit an application.