Property industry steps up to capture more talent

For many readers, August will have been a chance to take some time out; to swap the stress of the office for the joys (and sometimes challenges) of family holidays; and to take the opportunity to plan for the future, writes Melanie Leech, chief executive of the British Property Federation. But for thousands of young people in education and training, summer marks a climactic milestone (or even finale) after years of hard work.

Over the past few weeks, GCSE and A-level students have opened their results envelopes, and those doing diplomas and technical qualifications have jumped another hurdle