Podcast: Our experience of the Emerging Talent Programme – Precious Oppong-Gyimah, Safaa Usmani and Israel Aguirre

Across the built environment sector, many organisations find that attracting new talent can be a major challenge. The sector also needs to prioritise diversity to ensure it reflects the places and people it serves.

Future of London’s Emerging Talent Programme is working to attract talented individuals from ethnically minority backgrounds to work in the built environment sector, and support them to springboard their careers.

In this episode, three members of our first cohort share their experiences of their work placements and the wider development experiences after six months after starting. Tune in to hear about why Precious Oppong-Gyimah, Safaa Usmani and Israel Aguirre decided to be part of the programme, and how they’re finding the experience so far.

Each of the recruits are working in three different host organisations, gaining insight into different professional career paths, as well as developing their workplace skills. They’ve shared with us about how the programme is providing them with a unique opportunity to really learn about the different careers in the sector, as well as building their professional networks.

At the time of the recording, Precious is on placement at Arup, Safaa with the Department of Levelling up, Housing and Communitie, and Israel is at London Borough of Camden.

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We’re looking to further the impact of the Emerging Talent Programme by launching our second cohort in early 2023. If you want to support this amazing initiative by hosting one of our talented candidates at your organisation, get in touch with Michael Nathan.

First 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