Graduate Training Programme

If you have a passion for property, our programme is for you.

Our 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 Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying and cognate Commercial Property vacancies, we welcome applications from candidates who already have, or are predicted to obtain, a RICS accredited degree by September 2020. 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 the 2020 Graduate Scheme have now closed.

Please contact colliersemergingtalent@groupgti.com or call 0207 654 7232 for any enquiries.

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Our Pathways

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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A successful applicant will provide Building Surveying and Contract Administration Services to both Landlord and Occupier clients in the office, industrial, retail, licensed & leisure and private healthcare sectors.

 

A Building Surveying Graduate will work towards taking ownership of client instructions, engaging directly with the client and being responsible for financial control of the instruction, including the raising of fee accounts and working towards meeting an individual annual fee target.

 

This hands-on experience coupled with the training and development support of the Graduate Scheme, will ensure that graduates are able to demonstrate the required level of knowledge, skills, and behaviours associated with becoming a RICS qualified Surveyor.

 

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

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A successful applicant will provide Quantity Surveying Services to both Landlord and Occupier clients in the office, industrial, residential, retail, licensed & leisure, and private healthcare sectors.

 

A Graduate will work towards taking ownership of client instructions, including engaging directly with the client and being responsible for providing robust advice on building costs and building design economics. A Graduate will also be responsible for the drafting of contract and legal documents related to construction activities, financial controls for the project, and will work alongside other professionals including Architects, Designers, Engineers and Project Managers.

 

The Quantity Surveying Graduate will contribute towards business fee targets, including their own fee targets.

 

This hands-on experience coupled with the training and development support of the Graduate Scheme, will ensure that graduates are able to demonstrate the required level of knowledge, skills, and behaviours associated with becoming a RICS qualified Surveyor.

 

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

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What is the application process?

In order for your application to be considered, it is essential that you already have, or are predicted to obtain any of the following requirements by September 2020:

 

2:1 or above in your undergraduate degree

2:1 or above (or Merit or above) in your Post Grad/Masters

2:2 undergraduate degree and at least 120 UCAS points

Merit or above in your 4-year integrated Masters course


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 International.

This is to find out more about you and your passion for the industry. The call will last around 20 minutes.

You will be asked a number of behavioural, commercial awareness and property specific questions. Interviews will take place at the location you have applied to and will last around 45 minutes.

This is the final stage in the recruitment process and will take place at our London office in January 2019. You will participate in a further interview and exercises which are designed to assess your suitability for the role you are applying to. 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.
Graduate Life
We're building the world's most enterprising and dynamic real estate company.
Colliers International 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 International 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.”

Graduate Challenge
Graduate Challenge

Each year our graduates take on a challenge - our most recent saw 30 graduates complete a 165 mile cycle challenge to raise money for Mental Health UK. The London-to-Amsterdam ride took a gruelling two days to complete, starting at the Stratford Olympic Park and finishing at the Rijks Museum in central Amsterdam. The much anticipated journey saw the cyclists pedal a tough 90 miles on day one, to the port of Harwich. After an overnight ferry to the Hook of Holland, it was then a final 75 miles to the centre of Amsterdam. Every year the new intake of Colliers’ graduates take on and organise a corporate challenge for a charity of their choice. This year’s challenge has raised more than £21,000 that will go towards providing mental health support, information and advice to many people across the UK.

Meet our Graduates

Jessica Harding

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

No two days are ever the same. I can find myself surveying the roof of a listed building one day and writing a specification for warehouse refurbishment the next. My work is always varied.

 

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

My office is very social and there is something for everyone! For example, we have been to the rugby, got ‘locked in a room’ and we have a book club.

Graduates are given responsibility early on.

The network amongst graduates is really good which is so helpful as you edge closer to sitting the APC.

 

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

Colliers expect a lot of their graduates, so be prepared to put in the work! But equally, they will give a lot to get you through your training and the level and breadth of experience you will get is second to none.

 

When you tell people about your job, what’s one thing that surprises them, or gets them excited about the work you do?

The exposure that I have to high level clients. I have acted on behalf of some really exciting clients such as Aviva and Global Radio.

 

What does working at Colliers enable you to BE?

Excited about my future as a building 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.

 

When you tell people about your job, what’s one thing that surprises them, or gets them excited about the work you do?

How much time I spend out and about, exploring new markets and meeting different people. You get a lot of responsibility as a graduate, including the flexibility to manage your own schedule and create new opportunities for the business.

 

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.

Nicolai Collins

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

There is a fine-tuned balance at Colliers between getting thrown in at the deep end on a project while having support available should you need it. I have found the working environment at Colliers very positive which has been demonstrated through the desire from all members of my teams from surveyors to directors to assist with my development – in particular by taking time away from their own work to provide detailed answers to questions I might have.

 

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

As mentioned previously I wouldn’t have expected to have such an extensive support network throughout the training programme. It made it incredibly easy to settle in from day one.

I wasn’t aware how much independence graduates could receive. Within a few months of the training programme I was undertaking solo inspections on retail, office and warehouse units.

The company is genuinely committed to encouraging fun in the workplace. In the office there is work to be done although that does not restrict the opportunity for a giggle. Outside of the office, this summer my team went to Newquay for a development trip. The nationwide team was in attendance for a few days and during the day individuals did their sporting activity of choice (Eden project was also available!) and in the evening there were suppers and drinks with live music. It was a great opportunity to put faces to names and get to build relationships with the wider team.

 

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

Get your application in and BE yourself! Colliers interviews are not about being tripped up. They are largely about demonstrating that you are someone other people within the company could work with.

When you tell people about your job, what’s one thing that surprises them, or gets them excited about the work you do?

I think when I speak to friends outside of property, they are always surprised with how much time surveyors spend outside of the office. Inspection is an important part of what we do but networking is also key. Even as a Graduate a few months into the programme attending networking events within your field is encouraged.

 

What does working at Colliers enable you to BE?

Personally I find that Colliers enables me to BE myself. I am a lively character and I love being around people in a sociable environment. In Rating these attributes were fostered when I was offered the chance to manage portfolios and have first-hand/independent client engagement. Even if at times you can be a little larger-than-life Colliers has a place for you!

 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?

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.

 

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

The opportunity to give back to charity was something I didn’t realise when I applied and as a graduate cohort, raising over £24000 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.

 

When you tell people about your job, what’s one thing that surprises them, or gets them excited about the work you do?

As a building surveyor, I think it’s the type of project jobs that we undertake, and the things we get to see in or day to day jobs.

 

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.


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