ONP's Training Academy sparks 40% growth in its conveyancing staff

Conveyancing firm O’Neill Patient (ONP) has welcomed 79 new starters in the first four months of 2021 following the launch of its Training Academy in January.

The new recruits are training as conveyancing case managers or are in conveyancing support roles, such as administration.

As a result, ONP’s headcount for conveyancing sale and purchase has increased by 40% since the start of the year, as it continues to cater for unprecedented demand for its services.

The Training Academy is an interactive remote programme that allows people to learn from home.

They will receive ongoing training as they progress through their career, with the first part being a four-week bespoke new-start programme. 

It has also been extended for the progression of existing staff and cross training.

As it is done virtually, ONP has been able to broaden its geographical reach across the country.

Adam Forshaw, managing director at O’Neill Patient, said: “We have recruited bright and enthusiastic people, many who lost jobs through Covid, and are now retraining to be case managers or conveyancing support staff. 

“The academy assumes zero knowledge of property and conveyancing so we can encourage new people into the industry.

“We wanted to support the sector and encourage those who wish to start a career by offering a way to learn how to do the job while we are all based at home. 

“Since the announcement of the stamp duty holiday last year, the transactional arm of our business has seen rapid growth; it is here where we have focussed our recruitment drive and training. 

“We have worked tirelessly in a short space of time to take conventional office/classroom-based learning into the remote working arena.”

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