With training for APC counsellors now mandatory, and supervisor training also recommended - for smaller firms there are wider benefits this could bring.
Jon Wright MRICS, is course tutor for RICS Training’s APC supervisor and counsellor web class. He is also an experienced chair APC assessor and has supported hundreds of supervisors and counsellors.
He argues that the training RICS delivers - alongside the primary aim of teaching how to best support APC candidates - can actually help smaller firms when it comes to attracting and retaining new talent.
“Smaller companies have a lot to gain by sending their staff on this course. It allows them to support their people and bring their knowledge of the APC process up to the same level as supervisors and councillors at many larger firms.” Jon explains.
Both RICS’ two-part web class and face-to-face courses outline exactly what is expected from candidates before focussing on the role supervisors and councillors should play in supporting them throughout the APC process.
“When people within your company have a good understanding of the APC process, this can prove beneficial at attracting and retaining junior or graduate talent.
“If you can sit in front of them with the most up-to-date knowledge of the APC, you are likely to resonate with them - how, so often, many of the large company graduate and apprenticeship schemes do.” Continued Jon.
“In terms of retention, if you can successfully see graduates through their APC, you then offer them greater confidence in your ability to help them grow and develop their career further.”