Cushman & Wakefield has welcomed its latest influx of emerging talent with 45 graduates and 14 apprentices taking the first steps of their real estate careers with the firm.

The graduates will spend the next two years working towards a professional qualification through the RICS, CIBSE and RTPI. The apprentices have a structured five-year programme, including studying part-time for a BSc undergraduate degree, and will also work towards their APC in their final two years.

Graduates Sara Lightfoot and Ben Davis have joined the Newcastle office based at Central Square in the city centre.

Selected from around 1,000 applicants, the new joiners have a packed induction week including talks, workshops and activities. This includes meeting current graduates and apprentices, and mentors who will provide support and guidance across the programmes. They are also welcomed to the firm by George Roberts, Head of UK & Ireland, and James Maddock, Head of Global Occupier Services EMEA.

David Wilson, Partner and Head of Cushman & Wakefield’s Newcastle office, said: “I am delighted to welcome another substantial intake of talented and enthusiastic new graduates and apprentices. They are joining a firm where they will be given opportunities to prove themselves right from the start which is a key factor in our outstanding APC success rate. Real estate is such a fascinating sector to be involved in and where, more than ever, creativity, problem solving and an ability to adapt will stand them in good stead.”

Kirsty Bannerman, Early Career Development Manager at Cushman & Wakefield, said: “Our programmes ensure each individual takes on responsibility for their own work, with appropriate support, and gains the foundations necessary to then become specialist advisors later in their careers. We look forward to helping them progress.”