Talent shortage threatens

At a time when the professional sector in property has seen a drop in graduate trainee places, JK Property Consultants has appointed a Northumbria University graduate, Thomas Conneely, on a training contract to become a chartered surveyor. 

At a time when the professional sector in property has seen a drop in graduate trainee places, JK Property Consultants has appointed a Northumbria University graduate, Thomas Conneely, on a training contract to become a chartered surveyor.

Kevan Carrick, principal of the Newcastle firm, says: “Universities have continued to produce surveying graduates throughout the recession, but firms have contracted.

Training places have been cut. However, a graduate must be employed throughout their RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to qualify as a chartered surveyor, so it is vital that firms restart and expand their training programmes, otherwise, there will be a shortage of qualified professionals in the next few years – just as economic recovery is expected.”

After a successful work placement, Conneely graduated with a first-class honours degree in estate management, and academic accolades that included the Northern Rock Award for top student and the Telereal Trillium Valuation Prize.

Conneely, from Tynemouth, was a reserve officer in the Royal Air Force, stationed at RAF Leeming as part of Northumbrian Universities Air Squadron.

He is a volunteer instructor in sport for Air Cadets, helping them through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme.