Pathways to Property

Where Business Comes to Life


Real estate and the wider property industry offer fantastic career opportunities. However, in all but a minority of schools, there is a general lack of awareness and understanding of real estate as a subject of study and the opportunities available within the industry itself. Able students from less advantaged and non-traditional families are not being exposed to these opportunities, resulting in a lack of diversity within the sector. This weakness has been recognised and there is now a drive to widen access to the profession in order to achieve a workforce more representative of the environment within which it operates.


Led by the University of Reading - through its charity the Reading Real Estate Foundation, with the support of The Sutton Trust and British Land - the Pathways to Property project was launched in 2012. This project aims to widen access to the real estate profession by raising awareness of, and aspirations to, the vast range of careers available within the property and real estate sector. By engaging with sixth-form students, their teachers and careers advisers, Pathways to Property works to introduce the idea of real estate as a subject of study. The project provides a way for young people to find out about careers within the property sector, culminating in a four day residential summer school for 100 students, held at the Henley Business School, University of Reading.


The success of the project is due to the strong industry support it receives from key real estate companies and other firms. Since the project began over £1 million has been raised and many hours of volunteering have been donated. Over 3000 students and 900 teachers have engaged with the project through school talks and careers activities, and 26 firms have offered work experience placements to over 90 students. Three summer schools have been delivered to 226 students, with the fourth summer school taking place in 2016. Of these students, 36 are now studying or working within the property sector, and 15 are holding offers to study with the University of Reading for 2016/17.

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impact story facts and stats

3,000 students

3.000 students have benefitted from the Pathways to Property programme since 2012

26 firms

There are 26 firms providing work experience placements to over 90 Pathways to Property students.

225 attendees

Over 225 people have attended Pathways to Property Summer Schools over the last three years.

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