Graduates choose East Midlands to build surveyor careers

  • Innes England's 2018 Graduate Intake  

Seven ambitious young professionals have chosen commercial property consultants Innes England to kick-start their careers. This includes five professionals who have joined the firm’s popular graduate scheme, bringing the total number on the current scheme to 11.

Every year the firm recruits the very best young talent in the property industry and supports them through a structured Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) training scheme to become fully-qualified chartered surveyors and members of the industry body, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Innes England’s APC programme has a strong success rate with 90% passing first time and graduate surveyors continue to progress their careers with the firm.

The new graduates Jeetpal Sev, Sophia Sadr-Salek, Grace Conisbee, Oscar Heap and Danielle Spencer have joined Innes England and Callum Staveley-Smith has commenced a placement year.

Innes England’s busy marketing team has also expanded, with the addition of Helen Ibbotson as a Marketing Executive.  Helen has joined after graduating from Loughborough University and will help to promote the company under the guidance of Marketing Manager Alicia Rudzka.

Sophia Sadr-Salek, 25, and Jeetpal Sev, 21, have started their careers in building consultancy. Sophia said she was attracted to Innes England because of their reputation in the East Midlands. “Their local knowledge is second to none and I know I will learn a lot from the surveyors here.”

Jeetpal added: “The range of work, from building surveys to project management, as well as being able to learn from the directors and associates, is really helping me work towards achieving chartered status.”

Grace Conisbee, 22, has joined the Management department after completing her master’s degree at Nottingham Trent University. She was particularly impressed by the level of support the APC scheme offers.

“Everyone involved in the scheme meets once a month to discuss and share ideas. There’s always someone on hand for guidance.”

Innes England’s reputation for providing high-quality training also attracted Oscar Heap, 23. “People I spoke to in the industry recommended Innes England as the place to work towards my APC as the firm offers a lot of support as well as a broad range of experiences.”

Part of the professional services team, Danielle Spencer, 23, is based in the Leicester office.  She said: “I’m already getting involved in a wide variety of work and learning a lot. It’s a vibrant place to work and I’m looking forward to growing with the company.”

Callum Staveley-Smith, 20, chose Nottingham for his placement year within the professional team.  “A lot of my fellow students wanted to go to national firms in London but I think I will learn more and get more hands-on experience here where I know the location.”

Scott Osborne, Associate Director and APC Counsellor said:

“Innes England has a healthy track record of encouraging and developing graduates and it’s important that we continue to encourage talent. Each of them benefits from regular mentoring and hands-on-experience from the moment they join.”