Imogen wins the 2016 Women in Property Student Awards regional heat

BSc (Hons) Real Estate student Imogen Gore has come top in the Midlands Women in Property student competition, which recognises the talent available to the industry at the earliest possible stage - even while students are still studying.

BSc (Hons) Real Estate student Imogen Gore has come top in the Midlands Women in Property student competition, which recognises the talent available to the industry at the earliest possible stage - even while students are still studying.

Much has been reported on the damaging skills gap faced by the UK property and construction industry. The Association of Women in Property (WiP) has been working to encourage girls and young women to enter the industry through an extensive education programme that includes its National Student Awards, now in their tenth year.

The awards aim to highlight to the industry the necessity to link with universities early in the education process and also improve the students' knowledge on the career options available to them. Many secure work placements as a direct result of competing in the awards, which often translate into permanent positions upon graduation.

Emma Evans, Chairman of the Midlands Branch, said, "Imogen has done really well to win the regional award and we are delighted she will be representing this region at the national final in September. This is a tough competition with some extremely talented, enthusiastic and professional young women taking part, all of which bodes well for the industry recruitment pipeline.

"The industry is crying out for more young people to come on board. Despite the skills shortage, careers in property and construction are still largely forgotten, particularly for young women, when looking ahead past their GCSEs. We are calling upon schools – and parents – to remember the amazing opportunities offered by this industry, when they are giving careers advice."

The Student Awards are sponsored nationally by three major industry names, construction company Bouygues UK, property advisers Cushman & Wakefield and house builder, Linden Homes.

Colin Wilson, Head of UK & Ireland at Cushman & Wakefield, said: "Congratulations to Imogen and we wish her well in what I'm sure will once again be an extremely competitive final. Property offers one of the broadest spectrums of interesting careers – from architecture to planning, and investment to quantity surveying – of any industry. A strong pipeline of talented and motivated young people is essential to making sure that our industry continues to flourish, which is why we are delighted to support the National Student Awards."

Imogen receives a cheque for £300 and a trophy. She said: "I was thrilled when NTU nominated me for these awards and the process has been an amazing experience. I've learned a lot, met some great people including the judges - I'd like to thank them for putting their faith in me."

The national final will be held at Claridge's, London, on Wednesday 21 September when students from across the UK compete for the National Student Award trophy.

Imogen wins the 2016 Women in Property Student Awards regional heat

Published on 20 June 2016
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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