Avison Young creates economic, social and environmental value as a global real estate advisor, powered by people.
Who we are
Avison Young creates economic, social and environmental value as a global real estate advisor, powered by people. At Avison Young, we believe in creating positive impact wherever we go.
There is a vital role for commercial real estate to create healthy, productive workplaces for employees, cities that are centres of prosperity for its citizens, and built spaces and places that create a net benefit to the economy, the environment and the community.
Graduates at Avison Young
As a graduate, we believe that you have what it takes to shape the future of the property industry. This means that you will be given real challenges and responsibility, right from the get-go, developing more than just the technical skills needed to thrive in your field. You will develop leadership qualities which will help you fast track your career.
We currently offer the following pathways for graduates:
-Commercial Real Estate
As a graduate on any of our schemes, you’ll join us on a journey to become professionally qualified with membership of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Not only will you be working alongside industry leading professionals, you will be allocated a dedicated supervisor and counsellor to assist you during your training as well as tailored support from our APC training provider. We also run a global mentoring programme which our graduates are actively encouraged to join and take advantage of.
In return for your talent and commitment, we offer a comprehensive benefits package.
(For the full benefit choices available, please visit https://www.avisonyoung.co.uk/en-GB/graduates)
What’s on offer?
- Attractive salary – reviewed annually
- Annual bonus (discretionary)
- Joining bonus
- Life assurance
- Pension scheme with company contributions
- Season ticket loan
- 25 days annual leave
- Income protection
- We believe you should be able to tailor your benefits to suit your lifestyle, and our benefits portal, My Reward, lets you do just that.
Across the company, we work hard to promote personal wellbeing. We believe that the people you work alongside are vital to your mental and emotional health. That’s why our team spirit goes beyond the boundaries of the office. We have a range of social and sporting activities throughout the year in each of our offices for you to get involved in.
We also encourage our employees to support the communities we live and work in, so if supporting a charity is important to you, we’re always interested in new ideas. This could be fundraising for a charity that is close to you or supporting one of our corporate partners.
As a company powered by its people, Avison Young is proud to be named one of America’s Best Midsize Employers for 2022, presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. This distinction is truly a testament to our collaborative culture.
Avison Young has also been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2022, earning the number one ranking in the Urban Development category. The firm’s investment in digitization, technology and data solutions fuels our collective intelligence by arming top talent with top tools. To deliver the real estate experience of the future, we weave innovation into everything we do.
As further evidence of our unique model and success, Avison Young is a 2023 winner of the Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation, having retained our Best Managed designation for 12 consecutive years.
Avison Young was the recipient of six 2023 GlobeSt.com Women of Influence Awards. The fields represented by our winners include tenant representation, corporate real estate executive, PropTech executive/innovator, marketing/communication professional and special recognition awards for humanitarian and mentor. Additionally, Avison Young was a 2021 inaugural recipient of the GlobeSt.com and Real Estate Forum’s Diversity Champion award and Mark Rose, Chair and CEO, is the recipient of the Diversity Champion award in the individual (male) category. The recognition is given to companies and individuals who have set a precedent throughout the commercial real estate landscape with their elevated efforts to advocate for and support women and diversity.
Year after year, Avison Young ranks within the top 10 of The Lipsey Company’s Survey of Commercial Real Estate Brands. Additionally, we have landed premier spots on several national lists including Commercial Property Executive’s Fastest-Growing Commercial Property Management Company for 2022 and listed #8 in the Top Property Management Firm category, as well as Real Estate Alert’s Top Overall Brokers. At the local level, we consistently place on Best Places to Work, Best of the Best, and One to Watch lists.
If you think we sound like the right choice for you, we would be delighted to receive an application from you.
We’ve removed our minimum academic requirements. Whilst we do look at academic performance, we look at the strength of your application as a whole, rather than just the individual parts.
The first step is to complete an online application form. Provided this meets our initial requirements, we’ll send you the links to three online reasoning tests, which aim to test your verbal, critical and numerical reasoning. You will have the chance to take a practice test first to get used to the style.
If your test scores meet our requirements, you will be progressed through to a video interview stage, details of which will be sent to you via email. The final stage of the recruitment process will be an assessment centre or interview.
Application hints and tips
Your online application is your first chance to make an impression. It allows us to get an insight into you as an individual and it’s an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate your skills, drive and career aspirations.
Before you start your application, be sure to take a look at our graduate and corporate website to learn about our core business lines, key clients and to identify your areas of interest. You can then make reference to these in your application form.
To complete the online application form you will be asked to detail your academic results and any work experience. You will also need to complete a few competency-based questions, which will help us learn more about your strengths, interests, and achievements.
What does a great application look like?
Include all work experience.
Read the question being asked and ensure that your response answers that question.
Think about why you want to work for us and get that across in your answers.
Remember to keep your language professional and concise.
Read through and check the final application before submission.
Let your personality shine.
Rush your application.
Submit what you think we want to hear – be authentic.
What else do you need to know?
We encourage applicants to apply early as we review applications on a rolling basis.
You can always start your application form and come back to it at a later date. We aim to review your application within 2 weeks of receiving it, however please bear with our recruitment team if it takes a little longer as this is their busiest time.
Culture and values
Real estate for real impact
Avison Young is built on the belief that commercial real estate isn’t just about the buildings and the square footage and the occupancies. At its best it’s about spaces and places that improve lives and help businesses thrive; for the employees, citizens and communities that make impact matter. We strive to be real estate at its best, helping people be more productive, prosperous and positive.
The service breadth to meet any need
Every client needs their own mix of real estate services and expertise. Our teams are equipped to bring insights and advantage to your business needs through advisory and planning, management and financing, investment sales, leasing, and property management services for clients across the office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hospitality sectors.
The people to make it happen
As a growing and innovative challenger in global commercial real estate, we attract the best talent in our industry – planners, advisors, brokers, marketers, support. But being the best isn’t just about having the best; it’s also about how we work together. Our longstanding culture of collaboration, and the fact we’re majority owned by our Principals, means we put the client first. Our Principal-led teams wrap themselves around our clients – driven by shared success. We work together to get it done.
The scale to make it count
We are on a continual journey of transformation – listening to clients – combining the best of our established talent with emerging tools and technologies. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the firm comprises approximately 5,000 real estate professionals in more than 100 offices around the world. The momentum in our business demonstrates that our model of smart collaboration and partnership works.
The values to make it matter
Founded in 1978 to create a more accountable and nimble real estate company, with legacies dating back more than 200 years, we will never outgrow our values of putting people first in every choice we make. Our purpose is to create net economic, social and environmental gain for our clients and in the communities in which we work.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Avison Young is committed to each and every employee feeling valued whilst working here. Amongst other programmes, Avison Young has a highly successful mentoring programme available to all employees from the first day they start with us, employee engagement surveys to continually understand what our people are feeling and experiencing, and multiple employee resource groups to provide opportunities to network and create more inclusive workplaces.
Our biggest internal employee resource groups are:
The global women’s network – Limitless
FOLX – our LGBTQIA+ network
BPRG – Black Professional Resource Group
We have run and continue to plan multiple events yearly internally and externally to showcase the work of all professionals within all our employee resource groups and support clients with their DEI commitments.
Avison Young has partnered with Black Professionals in Construction (BPIC) to improve ethnic minority representation as well as retention in the industry. Avison Young hosted the “Power of Visibility” event, the first event of the year with BPIC in January 2023. Avison Young regularly hosts National Association of Women in Construction events at their Gresham Street head office.
We are founding partners of external social mobility networks Changing the Face of Property (CTFOP) and Firm Foundations, where extensive work is taking place to widen the access into the Commercial Real Estate industry through schools and colleges nationwide.
From 2020, Diversity and unconscious bias training is mandatory for all our employees and senior leaders role model best practice behaviours. We ensure our “family friendly” policies are benchmarked against not only our peers but also best in class across all sectors.
Our recruitment processes are currently going through independent review to ensure unconscious and conscious bias is removed from the process from attraction to offer being made. This includes the language used on our job adverts, ensuring the right split on the hiring panels and oversight on hires made. Extensive work has taken place to review our graduate recruitment process including liaising with universities and students to actively gain feedback on gaps in the process and where improvements can be made.
As a registered Disability Confident Employer, we ensure all reasonable adjustments are made for those who need them in the recruitment process and actively seek feedback on where we can do better. We have worked with Leonard Cheshire in their assessment centres to support graduates with disabilities gaining internships across all sectors, giving us further understanding on how to support those with visible and non visible disabilities at Avison Young.
Our global and UK Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council’s provide oversight and feedback to multiple projects taking place across the business to ensure DEI is at the heart of decisions made at Avison Young.