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Colliers International in partnership with RICS introduce real estate’s first truly international graduate scheme

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Leading global real estate services and investment management, Colliers International, in partnership with RICS today announced that they are to launch real estates’ first truly international graduate scheme.

"Our EMEA Graduate Programme will allow us to accelerate our ability to grow a pipeline of talent that is truly international in their thought process, increase cross border collaboration and strengthen relationships in different countries. Ultimately it will improve our ability to provide a seamless service across the region to our clients.” said Chris McLernon, Colliers’ EMEA CEO. “This is one in a series of investments we are making as part of our successful EMEA People Transformation Programme and a great opportunity to partner with RICS. Both Colliers and RICS share a desire to develop grass roots talent and support and recognise the strategic value the next generation can bring to the sector.”

Colliers’ EMEA Graduate Scheme aims to attract, recruit and develop graduates and give them opportunity to work in six markets -  UK, France, Germany, Poland Denmark and the UAE – whilst they train to achieve their MRICS designation; an internationally recognised qualification in real estate and construction. Applications will be open in September 2020 and the first intake will begin in September 2021.

“The next generation are looking for new opportunities in their career choices, the ability to gain international exposure being high on their list of priorities,” said Mo Karim, EMEA Head of People Transformation. “From a people perspective, this programme sets us apart from our competitors and helps to build our appeal as an employer of choice.”

For the initial pilot cohort, all graduates will undertake the Commercial Property Pathway of RICS. A key component of this programme’s appeal will be the opportunity to train our graduates virtually. Due to the partnership with RICS, the candidates will have access to their newly launched Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) training platform and APC Accelerated Learning Programme. This training will provide a truly international, distance learning experience and ensure the candidates build an internal network. Where necessary, face to face training will also be built into the programme. 

Judith Gabler, RICS Operations Director, Europe concluded: “The EMEA graduate programme will equip early career professionals with the technical and ethical skills to address the challenges facing our global real-estate markets. We are proud to partner with Colliers International to ensure our profession stays connected, vibrant, and attractive for future talent.”



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Chris McLernon

Chief Executive Officer, Real Estate Services | Global


As Chief Executive Officer, Real Estate Services | Global, Chris takes responsibility for client relationships, operational excellence, and overall growth within Colliers’ rapidly growing real estate services across 62 countries. He oversees Colliers’ Capital Markets, Leasing and Outsourcing & Advisory businesses globally, with emphasis on accelerating growth, enhancing global collaboration, and strengthening our unique culture and way of doing business.  

Bringing a depth of experience in building and growing businesses in mature and emerging markets, Chris has played an integral role in growing Colliers into its current position. Previously the Chief Executive Officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Chris provided strategic direction for the region, ensuring a seamless service experience for clients across our complete range of services, and grew its revenues 20-fold. He oversaw more than 30 acquisitions including Colliers UK, Colliers Germany, Colliers Italy, Antirion, IREA, Sadline & Albaek, Ovenia and The AOS Group from France. Earlier, he built and led Colliers’ Latin America business and was one of the top producers in Canada when he joined Colliers in 1987 as an office leasing advisor in Toronto.

Throughout his career, Chris has delivered exceptional service, fulfilling the real estate needs of major corporations such as Nortel, FedEx, Oracle, Cisco Systems, Compaq, Dun & Bradstreet, Ford Motor Land, and Microsoft.

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Kim Inam

PR Manager

Marketing & Communications

London - West End

I'm a communications professional who has previously worked as a journalist for eight years covering a broad range of topics including politics, crime, health and housing in north London. In recent years I have worked in corporate communications for local authorities across London  and joined Colliers in October 2019, initially providing maternity leave cover.

I provide strategic public relations advice to various business lines within the UK organisation to secure recognition for their work in the property press as well as key target media, and work with our experts to produce thought leadership pieces which are of interest to our clients and colleagues within the commercial real estate sector. In addition, alongside colleagues in the PR and wider communications team, I provide media and social media training for our in-house experts to prepare them for media opportunities and raise their personal brand within the sector.

As well as supporting various teams within the UK business, I also I curate and edit regular content for the blog, which drives credible business leads to our experts.


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