Secondary pupils from North Lanarkshire take part in career insight days run by global real estate advisor

Secondary school pupils from three North Lanarkshire schools broadened their career horizons through a series of insight days with global real estate advisor Avison Young.

Through the company’s school outreach initiative, a series of programmes have been developed to give taster sessions and work experience placements, showing students the day-to-day life of a career in commercial property in the hope of inspiring the next generation of talent.

S5 and S6 pupils from Coatbridge High, Our Lady’s High in Motherwell and Chryston High attended the first of a series of open days at Avison Young’s office in Glasgow.

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The youngsters had the opportunity to meet the firm’s experts in office agency, building consultancy, valuation, planning consultancy and investment, before touring Cadworks office space and Yotel hotel, both recent Avison Young projects.

During the site visits, the students were able to gain insight into current trends in office and leisure spaces, and how net zero commitments are impacting the wider commercial property sector.

The students were then tasked with designing their own “leisure and workspace destination of the future”, ensuring the building and interior met environmental regulations.

Andrew Renouf, principal at Avison Young, told Lanarkshire Live: “Commercial property has many different offerings such as, real estate brokers, environmental consultants, and interior designers, meaning there is something to suit every skillset.

“Through our school outreach initiative, we are aiming to partner with local authorities to give students an understanding of careers on offer to futureproof talent in commercial property.

“Our first insight day with pupils from North Lanarkshire secondary schools was very productive. It was encouraging to see pupils showing a real interest in our work at Avison Young.

“We look forward to welcoming more schools from other local authorities to our insight days.”

Stuart Aitchison, Pathways’ lead officer at North Lanarkshire Council, added: “S5 and S6 can be challenging years for pupils deciding the next steps in their career.

“It is important to have opportunities like Avison Young’s schools outreach initiative available for students to get a better understanding of opportunities available beyond secondary school.

“We’ve had positive feedback from the pupils that attended the insight day, and we hope they are now feeling informed to help make a choice for the next stage of their career.”

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