• Property Agency helping young people in the Newcastle job market

Newcastle City Centre property agency, Walton Robinson, has been playing its part in helping graduates find employment in the city. According to Newcastle University, 44% of their graduates entering employment do so in the North East, and the figures are increasing.

Staff numbers at Walton Robinson have now reached a record twenty seven and include students working part time or on placement, graduates and both current and qualified apprentices.

Amelia Lloyd, property supervisor at Walton Robinson, was studying at Newcastle University when she first started at the company. Amelia said: “Working part time whilst at uni gave me a great insight into how the business operated and was much more interesting than some of the jobs my friends had at the time. I was delighted to be offered a full time role when I graduated. The support from the Graduate Placement Programme helped me to identify the additional skills I was gaining, and set myself personal objectives."

As unemployment rates for new graduates are rising, recent university leavers are increasingly likely to find employment in a lower skilled job. In 2001, 26.7% of graduates were working in a lower skilled role and this figure has more recently increased to 36% according to The Graduates in the Labour Market 2012 report published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Graduates are not only struggling to find higher skill level jobs but jobs altogether; the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) reported, in their Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education study, that of all students who graduated in 2011/12, 6.5% were unemployed and not in further study which equates to around 26,790 people. The Association of Graduate Recruiters recently reported an average of 85 graduates applying per vacancy with up to 211 applications in some sectors.

Mark Walton, managing director of Percy Street based Walton Robinson, said: “As Walton Robinson is expanding we are delighted to be able to offer opportunities and further training to apprentices and graduates from a wide range of fields, especially at a time when many graduates are struggling to find employment. Also, as an ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents) and NAEA (National Association of Estate Agents) registered agency, Walton Robinson actively encourages all staff members to achieve industry qualifications, meaning we have a highly skilled workforce who are up to date with important legislation in both lettings and sales.”

Emma Richardson, is working at Walton Robinson on a placement year as part of her university course. Emma said: “I’m studying business with marketing at Northumbria University, being given the chance to work here for my placement was great. Since starting, I have learnt the importance of organisation, communication and team work. During my first two years at university we have been taught about effective business strategies and I am enjoying seeing them in action, here at Walton Robinson.”

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