Pathways to Property was established as a response to the recognised lack of diversity in the real estate sector.
Led by the Reading Real Estate Foundation (RREF) at Henley Business School, University of Reading, the project is funded by donations from the industry.
Through a successful outreach programme, the project exposes students from less advantaged and non-traditional backgrounds to opportunities within the property industry.
Each year Henley Business School hosts a four-day residential Summer School for Year 12 students wanting to learn more about a career in property. During the four days, participants will get the chance to attend taster lectures, go on site visits, take part in a group project and debate, learn to network with key individuals and experience life on a University campus. They will have the chance to meet various employers within the industry as well as meet different universities from throughout the UK who offer property related degrees.
We are proud to say that over 120 Summer School participants are now either studying a property related degree or working in the industry. With strong support from the industry, this number continues to increase each year.
‘Previously I had thought that real estate was just the buying and selling of homes, but Pathways to Property amazingly opened my eyes a lot more to the sector – an adventure I greatly enjoyed and will never forget’
In October half term, Summer School participants are offered the opportunity to take part in a one week work experience placement in a property firm. This is a great chance for them to meet individuals working in the industry, experience office life and learn more about property as a career route. It also provides them with invaluable skills such as communication, time management and presentation skills which they can apply to their school work.
‘I loved the fact that everyday was different; on one day I would stay in the office and create an appraisal to value a development and the next I would be out inspecting a flat in Kingston as part of a regeneration project’
Each year, Summer School participants will be encouraged to join a mentoring programme where they will be matched with a current Real Estate and Planning student. Through this relationship, they will be able to get invaluable support about studying and working in property, student life, university or apprenticeship applications and more.
Open Online Course
Designed by leading academics at Henley Business School, University of Reading, the OOC is a 3 week online course which provides students with the opportunity to learn about the property industry and careers within it. During the course they can interact with other learners, academics, students and industry volunteers to ask any questions they may have. It is a great resource for slightly younger students who want to start thinking about their career options or for those that are unable to attend the Summer School. More information can be found at futurelearn.com/courses/pathways-to-property
Financial Support for students
Through the project we provide access to funding for Pathways to Property Summer School participants. Should they apply to study Real Estate and Planning at Henley Business School, University of Reading they will receive a £1000 Welcome Bursary upon arrival. In addition, they will be encouraged to apply for a Pathways to Property bursary of up to £30,000 over three years.
Since 2012 over £200,000 disbursed in financial support.
Pathways to Property is reliant on the financial support it receives from across the industry and we are committed to engaging with the widest possible range of individuals, firms and potential supporters of the project. If you would like to know more, get in touch at the details below.
Tel: +44 (0)118 378 4196