New Grant Property Internship to help deliver property leaders of the future
Edinburgh-based Grant Property says it has whittled down the shortlist for its first ever internship to seven candidates who will each take up the inaugural role.
The firm, which recently acquired Investors in Young People Gold Accreditation, says the candidates are from universities across Scotland and their experience will be invaluable when it comes to educating current and future tenants on all aspects of renting accommodation, including tenant safety.
The interns, some of whom are current or previous Grant Property tenants, are set to start in September and will work while studying at university to learn career skills while representing Grant Property in their respective cities of study.
Grant Property says it will offer the lucky candidates, who were chosen from more than 400 applicants and following a rigorous three-stage process, a wealth of experiences, including taking part in the Micro-Tyco Challenge, in association with business enabler The WildHearts Group; CV-building and interview technique workshops; mentorship from senior figures in the company, and the opportunity to attend the Global Entrepreneurial Leaders Summit in September.
Associate Director Paula Russell, who developed the idea for the internship following her own 15-year career with Grant Property, which began with learning the ropes as a receptionist, said: “This is a programme very close to the heart of the team working on the internship. Every one of us has been brought on and nurtured by the business. In such a competitive job market, we are dedicated to offering that same opportunity to these young students. Indeed, other team members working on the programme joined the company as interns, so are all aware of how vital this kind of experience is.”
Mick Jackson, Founder and CEO of The WildHearts Group, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Grant Property interns are taking part in Micro-Tyco. It is indicative of Grant Property’s leadership that they are instilling entrepreneurial thinking in their rising talent to inspire future leaders.”
With new tenancy legislation expected and a growing awareness of the importance of tenant safety, Grant Property says it’s keen to work with the interns to educate Scottish students on how crucial good quality, safe accommodation is.
Managing Director John Moran said: “We have always been at the forefront of tenant safety. All the 1000+ student flats we manage are kept to the highest possible standards where safety is concerned, and it is so important that the next generation of renters are educated on how vital this is.”
Among the new interns are students from universities in Edinburgh, Dundee, and Glasgow.
Russell said: “The demand for this kind of internship, combined with recent social media campaigns like #nowrongpath, demonstrate how necessary it is for companies like ours to step up and help foster the next generation of talent. We have always recognised the importance of young talent, and the recent election of our co-founder, Colette Grant, as the Chair of the Entrepreneurial Exchange, demonstrates how keen we are to give back to the students who rent their homes from us.”
Steven Thomson, who is studying Immunology at Edinburgh University, claims he was so impressed by the “professionalism and high standards shown by Grant Property” that he’s now considering a career in real estate. He said: “When I heard that the company was looking for interns I wasted no time in applying.”
Russell added: ” It is not just the students who will benefit from this experience – we want to learn from these young people as well. They have first-hand insight into the needs of student renting, and we need their help to make our services as effective and student friendly as possible.”
Grant Property sources and manages UK residential properties for investor clients in over 30 countries, managing a portfolio of £600m over 20 years.