Podcast: Launching our careers in the built environment – Bébert Longi and Khuzaymah Pathan

Like many sectors, there are challenges across the built environment in attracting new and diverse talent into early career positions. In our first interview with members of our inaugural Emerging Talent Programme cohort, Bébert Longi and Khuzaymah Pathan discuss their experiences so far with Candice Stanton.

Check out the podcast to hear their inspiring insights into what attracted them to working in the built environment, what their career aspirations are, and why they wanted to be part of a programme aimed specifically at Londoners from ethnic minority backgrounds.

At the time of recording, Bébert and Khuzaymah are on their first placements at Quod and Sanctuary Housing respectively. Catch up on all past episodes on the City Bites page.

About the Emerging Talent Programme

Launched in January 2022, this innovative programme aims to address the lack of ethnic diversity in the Built Environment sector in London.

We’ve recruited a talented cohort of candidates – all from ethnic minority backgrounds – keen to launch their careers in housing, regeneration, urban and economic development and infrastructure.

The cohort are on a 21-month programme, which consists of three placements into host organisations working across different sectors in the field. Following their induction at the end of January, the cohort are now all in their first placements across fourteen host organisations, including London borough council housing and regeneration teams, central government, regional government, housing associations and private sector developers and consultancies.

Find out more about the Emerging Talent Programme