With just over half of graduates in the North East leaving the area, retaining and nurturing talent remains a challenge for the region. For rural services business, GSC Grays, investing in their graduate scheme has resulted in a 93% retention of graduate employees with three graduate employees recently passing their Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors exams.
Whilst the graduate employment rate is at its highest rate for 39 years, the North of England has struggled to keep graduates from moving to larger cities like Manchester and London. As a well-known local business, GSC Grays has always regarded education and succession planning high priorities within their business model.
By championing graduate development and supporting the continuation of study through professional qualifications, GSC Grays is aiming to secure talent and strengthen the region’s economy for the future.
GSC Grays employees Jonny Pickup, Alexander Terry and Samantha Howe, have all recently completed the Graduate Programme and believe employer backing is key to ensuring regional economies keep talented graduates.
Jonny Pickup, GSC Grays Surveyor, commented:
“Working and training within the region has aided my working practical knowledge required for these assessments, particularly around the day to day landlord and tenant involvement I have.”
Coming from the local area Jonny believes that if the graduate opportunities were not offered by GSC Grays he would have had to travel south to progress in his career.
GSC Grays’ team contains highly skilled professionals who not only have an extensive knowledge of Chartered Surveying, Land and Estate management, but a real understanding of the local area and a mutual appreciation for the talent that The North of England produce and attract.
Guy Coggrave, GSC Grays Managing Director commented:
“As a Chartered Surveyor, I recognise the importance of both professional qualifications and continuing development. The North of England is an exciting and rich place to work and, as a local business, it’s our responsibility to give all our staff, and particularly graduates, the opportunities and support they need to remain in the region. Sam joined us as a secretary and having worked with the Planning and Development team, voiced her ambitions to follow a career in surveying. Supporting Sam for the whole of her academic journey and supporting Jonny and Alexander in the latter stages of theirs, makes it very rewarding for us all when success prevails. We are now looking forward to seeing Jonny, Alexander, Sam together with other members of the team, pursuing their professional development and expanding the rich talent pool in the north.”