DTZ has recruited two new graduates, Josaphine Ford and Nicholas Ogden, in Manchester.
Ford will be based in the offices team and Ogden in the valuation team. Both are currently at DTZ's global headquarters in London completing their induction week, which marks the start of a two year training programme that will see them gaining experience by rotating around a range of departments. On qualification, they will work across DTZ's business, in commercial, building and residential surveying, corporate real estate consulting, planning, economics and investment management.
Mike Mitchell, managing director of regions outside of London at DTZ, said: "I am delighted to welcome Josaphine and Nicholas to our team in Manchester. Graduates are vital to the future success of our business and I'm delighted that we're in a position to continue to bring significant new graduate talent into our firm this year. The recession has made many young people think twice about a career in commercial property but for those that have the ambition, ability and attitude to succeed this industry offers them a wealth of opportunities – and great fun besides."
In total, 14 graduates have joined DTZ's UK regional office network in Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester. A further 35 graduates have joined DTZ in London. Six graduates, Chinese nationals who studied in the UK, will work for DTZ in Hong Kong and mainland China.
Mitchell added: "Our policy has been to identify and recruit the right number of graduates and skill level for the business each year. This year we have identified a real need for graduate talent in the regions. In 2008 DTZ recruited 28 graduates across the UK and five graduates in 2009."
However, DTZ said none of the graduates were based in Manchester in 2009 or 2008 and only three graduates were taken on in the regions outside of London in 2008.