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Industry Learning Day paves way for future property developers

WP_20141018_008Griffith University real estate and property development students enjoyed some ‘hands on’ experience at Oliver Hume’s inaugural Industry Learning Day. Hosted in partnership with Griffith University, the event was aimed at third year students participating in their capstone course, Property Development Process. Students toured Oliver Hume’s marketed and award-winning Genesis development in Coomera, as well as a range of land multi-unit projects on the Gold Coast. Oliver Hume Joint Managing Director-Queensland, Brinton Keath, said the event was an excellent opportunity for students to gain a valuable insight into the property industry. “Although the students have already covered many aspects of property development in their university studies, very few had engaged with an active project or actually visited a residential subdivision,” Mr Keath said. “We were pleased to complement the students’ studies by providing them with some practical knowledge and experience outside of the classroom, all from industry experts.” Lead by Mr Keath, students were first guided through Genesis at Coomera by previous Griffith property graduates and Oliver Hume employees Dan Ross and Sherifaye Jalloh. They toured the $3.5 million recreational facility, before discussing the project’s key learnings, challenges and obstacles, innovative ideas and sales success. They undertook site inspections before receiving presentations from a range of industry professionals that facilitated the ongoing delivery of the projects including project managers, engineers, researchers and marketers. Mr Keath said the day was a huge success and he had received lots of positive feedback. “The event reinforced the students’ passion for development,” he said. He said the Oliver Hume Annual Bursary Program with Griffith University had helped kick start the careers of many graduates, including Ms Jalloh. “Sherifaye Jalloh, who studied a double degree in Business and Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Real Estate and Property Development, was the deserving inaugural recipient of the $2,500 bursary. She is now undertaking a six month paid internship as a research analyst at Oliver Hume,” he said. “We believe Sherifaye has enormous potential. She is now applying the skills she acquired in her studies, while gaining invaluable on-the-job experience. It’s an opportunity that will provide her with a strong foundation for a successful future career in the real estate and property development industries.” For more information on Oliver Hume visit