JLL reaps benefits of nurturing new talent

Real estate services specialist JLL is championing the benefits of nurturing new talent in the face of external challenges.

JLL reaps benefits of nurturing new talent

Alasdair Humphery, head of Scotland at JLL

The firm currently has 13 graduates working between its Glasgow and Edinburgh offices, accounting for more than 10% of its 100-strong team of specialists in Scotland.

Most recently, two of its Edinburgh-based colleagues that started as graduates have been promoted after excelling in their roles, regardless of pandemic-related restrictions. For example, the new graduates experienced their initial interviews virtually, largely worked from home over the past two years, and conducted most client-facing meetings via video links.

Hannah Done who joined in 2017 and Rhys Davies in 2016 have been both been promoted to Associate in the Edinburgh Office Agency team and Industrial and Logistics team, respectively.

Both employees joined JLL via its graduate and completed their post-graduate training with the firm over the course of 26 months.

The graduate programme has existed in the Edinburgh office since 1991 and welcomes people at various stages of their career. Due to the nature of the team structure at JLL, the graduates can develop a wide spectrum of skills including surveying, planning and general practice

Throughout 2022, JLL plan to hire a further four graduates across its Scottish business.

Alasdair Humphery, head of Scotland at JLL, said: “Our team of graduates have adapted to new ways of working and really excelled in their roles during what has been a very unusual couple of years.

“From experiencing the financial crisis in 2008, I strongly believe in continuing with graduate programmes despite external challenges. If we don’t give new emerging talent an opportunity to thrive, as an industry, we run the risk of storing up problems for further down the line.

“We had to adapt our graduate programme, but it has been hugely rewarding. By changing the traditional office model, we’ve been able to onboard and grow new talent that will help continue to strengthen our client relations for years to come. I’d urge others across in the industry to follow suit where possible and continue delivering similar types of programmes that will result in long-term success.”

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