Rugby hero delivers leadership talk to surveying and construction graduates and trainees

Andy Nicol

EX-Scotland rugby international Andy Nicol was the guest speaker at a recent Shepherd Chartered Surveyors and Hardies Property & Construction Consultants graduate and trainee day.

The Edinburgh-based event was the first graduate and trainee day in-house training programme since lockdown, featuring some 52 graduates and school-leavers from across Scotland.

Andy Nicol delivered a keynote speech on leadership and teamship to attendees from a range of surveying and construction consultancy disciplines, including residential and commercial surveying, property management, building surveying and quantity surveying.

The new intake of 17 for August 2021, some of which are on the Edinburgh Napier University graduate apprenticeship scheme, are set to take up positions across Shepherd and Hardies’ office network.

John Paul Bennett, finance director at Shepherd and Hardies, said, “We are delighted to be able to host our first graduate and trainee day in-house training programme since lockdown in person after what has been such a challenging time for people seeking to complete their studies and embark on their careers. Hopefully, today marks a new start for many of them and we look forward to participating in the development of their careers over the years ahead.”

Andy Nicol, CEO of leadership and development training firm Abstract UK, added, “It’s great to see a growing Scottish business supporting the property profession through investing in providing such a range of career opportunities to graduates and school-leavers across a diverse range of disciplines. Judging from what I’ve seen today, the future of the Scotland’s property sector is in good hands.”