First real estate interns qualify

Several Aida agents were among the large group of newly-qualified real estate interns that gathered at the Ditasa headquarters recently to receive their certification.

The first group of estate agents sponsored by the Services Seta to gain practical experience and training as real estate interns has qualified after an intensive six-month programme.

More than 100 agents from around the country received their certification at a recent ceremony held in Centurion at the offices of the Development Institute and Training Academy of Southern Africa (Ditasa), which managed the internship programme.

And among them were Aida agents Lawrence Pearce and Ansie Cilliers from the property group’s Centurion franchise and Shadrack Chawane,

Lezette Coetzee and Louis Sibuyi from the Hazyview franchise.

“We are very proud of these agents,” says Aida CEO Young Carr. “They are well on their way now to being fully qualified in terms of the new real estate education requirements which provide for a full learnership at NQF4 level or, in the case of agents already working, for a comprehensive Recognition of Prior Learning programme.

“Aida is a strong supporter of this new education dispensation as we believe it will be of great benefit to property consumers while also increasing the professionalism of the real estate industry and improving its credibility. Properly qualified agents are definitely the way of the future.

“However, we are also well aware that it is often a challenge for newly-qualified agents to go beyond theory and gain the practical knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the workplace, which is why we wholeheartedly support the internship idea and hope the programme will be expanded in future.”

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