A COLLEGE which launched courses for sales reps has also turned its attentions on estate agents.
Hartlepool College of Further Education has unveiled a partnership with an organisation called Training Synergy.
They have hailed it as a project to “raise the benchmark” in the industry. The course is designed for estate and letting agents across the UK.
David Field, managing director of Training Synergy, said, “Working with estate and letting agents we are helping to raise the benchmark for professionalism across the industry and ultimately improving the service to their customers.”
The college’s customer relations manager Dominic Vizzard said: “Working closely with Synergy has allowed the college to grow into a market throughout our region, but also across the UK. The team at Synergy echo our commitment to providing quality training.”
He said the college had a record for working with employers and that was still “a major focal point of the college.”
The link-up has seen sessions held on delivering apprenticeships in residential property letting and management to more than 100 people.
Courses are being held across the country with estate agencies from London to Newcastle and Bristol to Liverpool.
It is also delivering apprenticeships in the Sale of Residential Property to more than 45 candidates in North Yorkshire.
College bosses say that, historically, the sales and lettings market has not invested heavily in professional qualifications.
But they say its qualification allows candidates to show their knowledge and expertise while they keep on learning new skills to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.
Mr Field added: “This is a great example of a private training company partnering with a college like Hartlepool, enabling us and our partners to provide relevant training and qualifications to meet the employers’ requirements.
“It allows Synergy access to the fantastic resources of Hartlepool College and provides the college with a greater geographical coverage. For our customers it provides a cost effective method of receiving training and ensuring a tangible improvement in staff competency and confidence through the qualification and assessment framework.”
The Hartlepool Mail reported last month how the college had teamed up with Wynyard-based firm Sandler, a sales and sales management training company which is part of a global network based in Baltimore, USA, to offer specialist help to sales reps.
Expert training is being given to people who represent the sales departments of companies.