Innes England’s investment in its APC graduate programme has delivered two newly-qualified chartered surveyors.
The success of Grace Conisbee and Aman Verma will further the agency’s track record of growth in the Midlands, bolstering its teams in Derby and Leicester respectively, and strengthening its sustainability focus. Grace holds a Carbon Literate certification and works to support green practice across the firm’s portfolio of commercial properties, which her chartered status will support.
Grace said: “Innes England has been hugely supportive of my personal and professional development. The whole team, especially our director Scott Osborne, who leads the programme, has backed me 100% of the way with generous amounts of study leave and regular meetings with internal experts to help guide my progress.
“Throughout the process they encouraged me to succeed, both for my own career and so that we can support our clients.”
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ assessment of professional competence (APC) programme is known for being one of the hardest charterships to pass, with an average pass rate of just 70%.
Grace and Aman completed the rigorous process to qualify, which involves a minimum of two years’ experience, written submissions, a CPD record, an ethics course, and a 60-minute interview with a panel of RICS assessors.
Grace added: “Going forward I wish to use my new credentials to push for greater inclusivity and sustainability across the industry, starting with our own work.
“We know that it’s important to practice what we preach, which is why we have begun by focusing on our own offices and implementing measures to get them to a good standard.
“In terms of our clients, many want to go above and beyond with their own sustainability goals, and we wish to foster that aspiration as much as we can, consulting on how they can improve their green credentials.”
Aman Verma, who is based in the Innes England Leicester office, said: “I’ve worked a long time for this, all of which wouldn’t have been possible without the support offered by Innes England.”
Aman is a former professional footballer who played for Leicester City, and spent his free time studying to secure a surveying degree. His recent success will allow him to push forwards with his new career. Aman has already made an impact in Innes England’s agency team in the Leicester office and the firm hopes his drive and determination will lead to a successful career.
Matt Hannah, managing director of Innes England, said: “We’re delighted that Grace and Aman have qualified and want to extend our warmest congratulations to them. Having just opened our new Birmingham office, two new chartered surveyors across our other Midlands bases will strengthen the whole firm.
“We’re incredibly proud of the support we offer our graduate trainees and it’s great to see Grace and Aman have reaped the rewards. We currently have an opportunity for a graduate surveyor to join our APC programme and would be delighted to hear from anyone interested.”