In the dynamic world of real estate, success isn’t just built on bricks and mortar—it’s cultivated through the talents and skills of those driving innovation and progress. The importance of nurturing talent within the property industry cannot be overstated. From budding professionals to seasoned experts, investing in talent not only benefits individuals but also helps to shape the future landscape of the built environment.

Recognising the importance of investing in the future workforce, Scarborough Group established a dual-pronged approach to nurturing talent and supporting education within the real estate industry.

Approach and impact

In January 2020, Scarborough Group launched its apprenticeship program offering hands-on experience and structured learning opportunities for individuals keen on gaining practical industry exposure, while pursuing their academic studies.

As the Group’s inaugural apprentice, 18-year old Jake Hall stood out with his remarkable blend of drive and determination uncommon for someone of his age.

As a beneficiary of Scarborough Group’s apprenticeship program, Jake has been entrusted with supporting the delivery of major development projects across the Group’s portfolio, gaining invaluable experience in project management, while at the same time studying a five-year part-time building Surveying degree at the University of Salford.

In tandem with its own apprenticeship programme, Scarborough Group partnered with the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors (WCSC) to become a Champion of its bursary programme. The Chartered Surveyors Bursary Programme helps talented students from less advantaged and non-traditional backgrounds to enter the property industry by connecting them with private sector sponsors who, in addition to providing financial support to cover university living expenses, also provide essential mentoring and practical work experience opportunities.

Having been paired with Elina, a second-year student studying a BA Honours degree in Urban Planning at the University of Newcastle, Scarborough Group arranged for Elina to spend time across its offices to better understand the work the development team undertakes on a day-to-day basis, as well as initiating work experience placements with its design team consultants to enable Elina to expand her technical skills and foster industry-relevant networks.

Future prospects

Scarborough Group’s innovative approach to nurturing talent extends far beyond financial support and practical experience. The success stories, like Jake and Elina’s, are an external validation of the effectiveness of these initiatives in providing an accessible route into the real estate industry and, in turn, creating a more diverse pipeline of skilled professionals poised to drive the built environment forward.