Editor: We are fully behind the chancellor in supporting young people into employment, and London’s real estate sector must seize the opportunity to recruit young people from all backgrounds.

Diversity

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Supporting the next generation of talent is critical for every industry, but the property sector has a particular need to attract a more diverse range of staff with different skills in order to respond to the challenges posed by Covid-19 and create places that are accessible and inclusive for all.

The London Property Alliance’s recent Building Skills for the Future report, which surveyed London property professionals, showed the vast majority believe the sector should recruit talent from different industries and backgrounds, but 60% believe the employers are reluctant to take a chance on people without the traditional real estate qualifications and grounding.

This has to change and we must do more to raise awareness of the career opportunities in property and make the industry more accessible to all. Traineeships and apprenticeships are key to attracting under-represented groups who may not have thought of property as a career path, so this is a win-win.

Recruitment from a wider range of educational, gender and ethnic backgrounds is good for both business and society.

Charles Begley, executive director, London Property Alliance