In 2015, the Estate Agency Affairs Board launched the ‘One Learner – One Estate Agency’ Youth Empowerment programme with the intention of adding 10,000 black estate agents to the market over a period of three years.
Currently, only 10% of the estimated 40,000 estate agents in South Africa are black.
The programme is aimed at placing intern estate agents in the service of registered estate agency enterprises so that they may act under the supervision and control of a suitably qualified mentor as they take their journey from Intern Estate Agent to Professional Practitioner in Real Estate and finally Master Practitioner in Real Estate. This internship period is intended to equip intern estate agents with the required property market experiential learning while they obtain the necessary real estate qualifications to qualify as Property Practitioners.
The objectives of the programme are:
- To increase the level of representation and participation of the youth and previously disadvantaged persons within the property sector in general and the estate agency environment in particular;
- ensure implementation of appropriate systems and supporting structures to facilitate, consolidate and enhance the property sector skills-base amongst the target groups to prepare for their active participation in the sector;
- To use the programme as a catalyst for skills transfer within the property sector;
- To use the programme to enhance job creation and economic transformation within the sector;
- To enhance economic growth and development through new entrants in the property sector by implementing support programmes;
- To create a platform to support the achievement of broader human settlements goals and economic development.
The ‘One Learner – One Estate Agency’ Youth Empowerment Brigade Programme will target the youth and previously disadvantaged persons in a ratio that represents the demographics of South Africa.
The programme is available to matriculants, FET (TVET) college graduates, university and university of technology graduates and persons with disability.
Structure of the programme
Intern estate agents will be screened and placed in service with an existing estate agency and commence their journey to become a Master Practitioner in Real Estate by starting on a 12 month internship programme where they will be required to act under the supervision and control of a suitably qualified mentor estate agent;
During the internship period intern estate agents will be exposed to practical work experiential learning as well as theoretical study as they seek to be certificated against the Further Education and Training Certificate: Real Estate (NQF Level 4). Intern estate agents and mentors must also maintain an intern logbook;
Upon completion of the 12 month internship period and after having been certificated against the NQF Level 4 real estate qualification, intern estate agents will be required to enrol for and pass the Professional Designation Examination for non-principal estate agents (PDE 4). Interns estate agents having met these requirements will receive a status upgrade to full status non-principal estate agent;
Persons who wish to become real estate business owners are thereafter required to be certificated against the National Certificate: Real Estate (NQF Level 5);
Having registered as a principal estate agent, such persons are granted a period of two years to enrol for and pass the Professional Designation Examination for principal estate agents (PDE 5);
The ‘One Learner One Estate Agency’ Youth Empowerment Brigade Programme recruits will have income earning opportunities throughout the period that they are on the programme;
How to apply
Prospective intern estate agents must click here to complete an online form indicating their wish to be taken into service as an intern estate agent. They will be requested in addition, to provide and upload a curriculum vitae and photograph, and indicate their interest in the estate agency sector.
For further information on the ‘One Learner – One Estate Agency’ Youth Empowerment Brigade Programme, kindly contact the Estate Agency Affairs Board on Tel: 087 285 3222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org