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Apprenticeship scheme marks investment in future

26 September 2023

Prominent Leicestershire commercial property specialist Andrew + Ashwell is investing in the future with the recruitment of apprentice surveyor Conrad Gray.

Locally born Conrad is the youngest member of the A+A team, having recently completed A-Levels. He has joined the workforce at the London Road, Leicester, office to assist and gain experience with agency and property management. 

Setting his sights on a professional career in commercial property, Conrad has also begun a Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship (Real Estate) on a part-time basis at Nottingham Trent University. This is linked with the Government Apprenticeship Scheme and is a first participation for A+A. The scheme follows a similar career pathway taken by A+A senior Directors Malcolm Grayson and Mike Allwood, with learning achieved both on and off the job.

Conrad aims to study one day a week on day release to degree  level, followed by a short period to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) qualification.

“This is a great opportunity for me, as I have always had an interest in property and this came at just the right moment, when I was considering whether to go directly to university,” said Conrad. “I am excited about joining the A+A team, gaining expertise and advice from people who have a sound background within the field.”

Outside work and study, Conrad finds time to play cricket for his local team in the Vale of Belvoir. He also enjoys travelling across the UK supporting his favourite Nottingham Panthers ice hockey team.

As Conrad's training mentor, Malcolm Grayson, A+A Partner, said: “We are pleased to welcome Conrad onto our growing team. At A+A we have evolved a broad age profile mix of staff and having Conrad starting at 18 with us will be a positive step in future years, not only for him, but also for the company.

“Undertaking a part time degree is, I feel, one of the very best ways to enter the profession. Conrad will gain valuable experience at an early age to really complement and enhance his academic studies. If the scheme works well for us, we may well bring in another apprentice in the following years.”