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UK Graduate Training Programme

If you have a passion for property, we will have the programme for you.


Our UK Graduate Training Programme will provide you with a first-class platform from which to launch your surveying career.
 
It has been designed to ensure that you are able to demonstrate the required level of knowledge, skills, and behaviours associated with becoming RICS qualified surveyor.
 
For our cognate Commercial Property vacancies, we welcome applications from candidates who already have, or are predicted to obtain, a RICS accredited degree by September 2021. Please note that this is not a requirement for our non-cognate Commercial Property London vacancy.
 
We welcome applications from any degree discipline who meet the entry requirements.
 
Applications for 2021 have now closed.

Our Pathways

 

Please note for 2021 we will not be running a Building Surveying or Quantity Surveying pathway, however we hope to be able to restart both of these pathways in 2022.

 


This structured two-year programme focuses on the completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

 

Graduate Surveyors will benefit from having an opportunity to build their experience across a wide range of services and specialisations that will help them gain a better understanding of the commercial real estate industry as a whole. The rotation scheme consists of one 12 month rotation and two 6 month rotations.

 

The structured training programme includes three development conferences, APC training days, internal mocks and an assigned APC Supervisor and Counsellor. As well as the structured training, Graduate Surveyors are entitled to take up to 5 days of study leave prior to their APC.

 

It is essential that an applicant already has, or is working towards the completion of a RICS accredited degree or a RICS accredited masters conversion course.

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This structured two-year programme focuses on the completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). A non-cognate Graduate Surveyor will receive sponsorship to complete an MSc in Real Estate part time over the two-year programme and will be provided with additional study days.

 

Graduate Surveyors will benefit from having an opportunity to build their experience across a wide range of services and specialisations that will help them gain a better understanding of the commercial real estate industry as a whole. The rotation scheme consists of one 12 month rotation and two 6 month rotations.

 

The structured training programme includes three development conferences, APC training days, internal mocks and an assigned APC Supervisor and Counsellor.

 

Candidates from any degree discipline are welcome to apply.

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This structured two-year programme focuses on the development of skills to become an investment analyst. 

Through the two-year programme you will rotate through 2 of our Investment Teams. This role plays a key part in supporting our capital markets departments to enhance our overall service offering and further develop business and strengthen client relationships. Departments include London Offices Capital Markets, National Capital Markets, Retail Capital Markets.


As part of our expansion of our early careers programme we are now seeking candidates to join our new brokerage pathway to sit within our agency teams across the UK business.

 

This role will see you work in a fast paced and dynamic environment, whilst given you the opportunity to learn about a variety of sectors in a transactional capacity as you rotate through the agency teams.

 

We are welcoming applications from anyone with a strong motivation to succeed in an agency style role in real estate. Previous experience in a sales or business development focussed role is desirable but not essential.

What is the application process?

 

Our 2022 application process will run from September – February. If you would like to apply, please ensure you are available to attend both virtual and office-based interviews and assessments during this time.

 


After you submit your CV you will be required to complete an application form to give us more information on yourself and to understand your motivation for the industry and joining Colliers. We have vacancies across various locations and, as part of the application, we will give you the opportunity to select an alternative location preference if you are flexible on this.


This is where we will find out more about you and your passion for property. Telephone interviews will last about 20 minutes.


You will be asked a number of behavioural, commercial awareness and property specific questions. Interviews will last around 45 minutes.


At this stage in the process you will participate in a further interview and exercises which are designed to assess your suitability for the role you are applying to. Assessment centres will take place in January 2022.

Graduate Life

We're building the world's most enterprising and dynamic real estate company.

Colliers is renowned for service excellence and accelerating the success of our clients, partners and employees alike. Our Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) programme will provide you with access to experienced APC assessors, expert property professionals and structured learning opportunities to develop your professional and technical capability. Our excellent APC pass rate reflects our success in providing the best support to our graduates. The company also hosts various networking, social and sporting events to enable our graduates to have some fun along the way to becoming qualified.

How do we keep that edge?

We’re focused on giving our employees every opportunity to learn more and do more. We offer personal development, tuition reimbursement and sponsor our own university – the first and only one of its kind in the industry.

Colliers supports people to excel in any role, whether just starting their careers or leading a winning team. We reward initiative, ingenuity and a drive to succeed – and we’re constantly on the lookout for rising stars.

How can we take your career to the next level? Rich training, career development paths, mentoring opportunities...our managers collaborate with you to develop a roadmap and resources for where you want to go. Want to try something new? Polish your skills for advancement? We’re here to help. Our philosophy is “all personal development is professional development,” so whether we help you in work or in life, we know it all adds up to a stronger team.

We learn faster than the competition.

With a culture which encourages entrepreneurship and initiative we know that you will always be wanting to improve your knowledge, skills and professional competence. That’s why at Colliers we are committed to the life-long learning of our people. Every year we review the performance of all employees during the annual performance review process. The purpose of the process is to provide an opportunity for you to: discuss your strengths and areas of development with your line manager; and to enable you to discuss and identify any training requirements.

In the UK last year, we delivered more than 650 days of internal training on improving presentation skills, learning to deliver difficult messages or how best to talk to the media. You name it, we have a course for it! The company also supports people through external training and qualifications, with the aim of taking your career to the next level.

All employees are granted access to Colliers University, our online resource which hosts over 700 online courses, webinars and e-learning options. Colliers University is available for all employees to access and has a proven track record for increasing efficiency, productivity and revenue.

Expand your inner circle.

CREation is a networking company with the simple purpose of providing fun, free events where those starting their careers can meet and mingle with those in the same boat and even those already established in the industry.

Tony Horrell, CEO UK & Ireland says “I’m a great believer in grassroots development and helping the next generation of property professionals advance in their careers. The inclusive nature of CREation will help to build opportunities for young professionals and bring more diversity to the property sector, which I see as hugely beneficial to all. I am impressed by Harri and Rosanna’s entrepreneurial spirit and I am pleased that Colliers is in a position to positively contribute towards building careers through CREation. In an industry that relies on personal connections, CREation will provide a platform where these connections can be established early on.”

GraduateChallenge2021

Graduate Challenge

Each year our new cohort of graduates, along with our Emerging Talent Team take part in ‘It’s a knockout’ as part of the induction week. We were delighted to finally be able to bring our 2020 cohort together in June of 2021 to take on the challenge!

Meet our Graduates

Harry Tivnen, 2019 cohort, Commercial Graduate Scheme

Harry Tivnen

What is the most interesting thing about working at Colliers, and about the work you do?

Working with a high calibre of clients and on schemes that impact society and the world we live in.

 

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working at Colliers that you weren’t aware of when you started?

1) Colliers fund continued professional development seminars which is an invaluable way to develop your interests and work towards your APC qualification. Internal Know Your Company seminars also help to fill the gaps in your knowledge of other service lines within the business.

2) In normal times, Colliers hosts a number of summer mixers on the terrace with free food and drinks. These are always well attended – especially by the younger employees!

3) Colliers have recently introduced electric bikes for employees to use to travel between meetings. This saves time when going between the office, meetings and inspections and means you do not have to get on the crowded underground during the day! 

 

What advice would you give a candidate who’s thinking about applying for a job with us?

Be yourself, rather than trying to fit the mould, because Colliers values individualism.

 

What does working at Colliers enable you to BE?

A well-rounded surveyor with exposure to all aspects of the profession while still maintaining a good work-life balance. 

Flossie Dove, 2018 cohort, Commercial Graduate Scheme, now a qualified surveyor

 Flossie Dove 1

What is the most interesting thing about working at Colliers, and about the work you do?

Every surveyor will tell you how varied our work is daily. What Colliers does differently is the way we are taught to think outside the box – to approach situations from a different perspective. The collaboration and sharing of different ideas is most interesting at Colliers.

 

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working at Colliers that you weren’t aware of when you started?

1) There’s a strong sense of cohesion and teamwork, and the open plan floors make it easy to approach anyone in the business.

2) There are regular office mixers which are a great way to meet other members of the company and learn about the different service lines we offer.

3) There’s a new wellbeing hub and we have recently launched a diversity and inclusion programme led by internal steering groups that are open to anyone.

 

What advice would you give a candidate who’s thinking about applying for a job with us?

There’s so much that Collier’s has to offer, and plenty to get involved with as a graduate. Follow what we get up to on Instagram, twitter or Linkedin and use this to your advantage in interviews.

 

What does working at Colliers enable you to BE?

Colliers enables me to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to be confident and effective at the job at hand, whilst guiding me towards my own career goals.

Jujar Lohia, 2018 cohort, Building Surveying

 Jujar Lohia

What is the most interesting thing about working at Colliers, and about the work you do?

As a building surveyor, I think the most interesting this for me is the variety of work we get to work on. It keeps you interested in the work rather than doing the same job day in day out.

 

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working at Colliers that you weren’t aware of when you started?

1) The flexibility in working within Project and building consultancy is something that really surprised me to the point where I don’t think I could go back to a standard 9-5 Format.

2) The networking opportunity’s, both within the company and externally, are really encouraged and as a young professional I love to see this.

3) The opportunity to give back to charity was something I didn’t realise when I applied and as a graduate cohort, raising over £24,000 for charity in our first year was a massive highlight.

 

What advice would you give a candidate who’s thinking about applying for a job with us?

Don’t think twice, the graduate programme is very good and everyone at the company is very open so you can talk about anything and you will be greeted with an open mind.

 

What does working at Colliers enable you to BE?

A chartered building surveyor who possesses rounded experience and has good links within the industry. A professional that has dealt with all aspects of a large business.

Marina Vidal Hernandez, 2020 cohort, Commercial Graduate Scheme

What is the most interesting thing about working at Colliers, and about the work you do?

I find most interesting how varied the work is as well as how much exposure you get to other professionals across the business at different levels - I found for me that’s one of the best ways to learn. They really encourage you to think as an individual and outside the box and to express your ideas and opinions from very early on.

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working at Colliers that you weren’t aware of when you started?

1) Very social company – for me this has been so helpful in order to meet new people in the office after the pandemic. We often have mixers as well as grad events that enable you to meet other people in other departments and a pub outing never goes amiss!

2) APC support – One of the reasons why I chose to work at Colliers was the amount of support and coaching you get throughout the grad scheme. From the very beginning lectures are put in place and you are assigned a councillor who helps to guide you as well as with general career support.  

3) Cross team/department collaboration – Colliers encourages cross collaborations at all levels which I think is great as it enables you to gain other people’s opinion and share ideas. 

 

What advice would you give a candidate who’s thinking about applying for a job with us?

Make sure you research all aspects about Colliers like our culture, what departments and service lines we have. If there is a particular area of real estate that interests you, look up what recent deals Colliers has been involved in. If you know people that work at Colliers get in touch with them!

What does working at Colliers enable you to BE?

Enables me to gain skills, develop my strengths and confidence to achieve my career goals.


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