The Academy of Real Assets: the Story So Far

In 2020, we founded the Academy of Real Assets with a single idea and ambition – to introduce the real estate and real assets industry to students who would not typically consider it as a career.

In particular, we were determined to reach and help young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. In this way, we knew we could promote diversity, opportunity and social mobility within our industry to the benefit of those already in it, and those still to join.

Thanks to the support of our members, partners and Advisory Board, that simple idea has grown into a fully fledged organisation delivering a programme connecting real estate employers with young people.

Here is a snapshot of what has been achieved so far.

Since 2021…

1,920

students have taken part in

33

events

The Academy has gained…

68

members

69

partners

In the annual Academy Essay Competition…

1,758

schools contacted

86

students published from

40

schools into

2

books

The Academy Youth Board and Network

The Academy Youth Network is made up of professionals who have been in the real estate and real assets sector for 10 year or fewer and is all about networking and devising new engagement initiatives for young students.

Meeting as a body at least twice a year, the network aim to come up with imaginative, creative, stimulating ideas to get young students interacting with our members.

30

young professionals with 10 years experience or fewer

19

organisations making up the Youth Network

Data from Questionnaires

In the 2022/2023 academic year, the Academy began recording data from questionnaires to see what kind of impact it was having on students.

Before an event, the percentage of pupils that had a previous understanding of the careers available in real estate or real assets

5.25%

After an event, the percentage of pupils that would be interested in work experience or apprenticeships in real estate and real assets

59.5%

The percentage of pupils that have a positive opinion about jobs in real estate and real assets

56%

average increase following event

The percentage of pupils that are thinking of a career in real estate or real assets

38%

average increase following event

55%

average % of students in receipt of free school meals

63%

average % of students from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds

Website, Social Media and Films

This academic year, the Academy has continued to grow digitally. The website has been redesigned to work better for members and partners.

The Academy is now active on LinkedIn, Instagram, X (formerly Twitter) and YouTube. As well as this, the Academy has commisioned three films to showcase the work of the organisation.

337

followers on social media

1,867

views of our three new films

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