Raine & Horne SA has become the first business in the state to secure two separate government grants for workforce training.
The South Australian real estate was given $99,000 by the federal government to support the accredited Property Services Certificate III, IV and Diploma training and skill development across its metropolitan and country offices.
“The real estate sector employs more than 80,000 Australians, contributes in excess of 0.6 per cent to Australia’s Gross Domestic Product and provides services that every Australian will utilise and be substantially impacted by several times in their lifetime,” Raine & Horne SA chief executive officer Kevin Magee said.
“The average age of a South Australian real estate business owner is above 50-years-old and many are retiring from the profession.
“If the growing skills shortage is not addressed then the average Australian needing assistance in selling, securing, renting or managing what is commonly their greatest financial asset will find the range of professionals available to assist them and the subsequent service quality substantially diminished.”
As a result of the grant, 90 per cent of the cost of Certificate III, IV and Diploma in Property studies for staff employed by Raine & Horne SA will be covered – with the remaining 10 per cent remaining a tax deductible expense.
“We are being proactive to ensure that the standards of real estate professionals keep getting better not worse,” Mr Magee said.