Emerging Talent Programme

Build your career, shape this city, make an impact


Emerging Talent Programme 2022-23 cohort group shot

Future of London’s Emerging Talent Programme

In collaboration with a group of high-profile public and private sector companies driving forward housing, regeneration and development in London, Future of London is giving a cohort of talented Londoners from ethnic minority backgrounds the opportunity to springboard their careers in the built environment.

Our first cohort began in January 2022. Over 21 months, they will experience 3 placements with leading organisations across housing, development, regeneration and public space. The team at Future of London, with support from our partners, have designed the Emerging Talent Programme to help transform the built environment sector so that it better represents the community it is working for.

Applications for the 2022-23 cohort are now closed. Take a look at our current candidates and mentors here.

The built environment has a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of Londoners. Parks and squares bring people together, green spaces are the lungs of the city and help in the fight against pollution, good public transport gets people to school and work quickly and affordable homes should be accessible to everyone. Well designed places play a critical role in supporting community life and make people happier. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow

The housing and regeneration sector offers a huge and exciting variety of professional careers in a range of different organisations. These include roles such as Regeneration Project Managers, Housing Officers, Development Managers, Procurement Managers, Planning Consultants, Town Planners, Communications and Marketing Managers, Community Engagement Officers, Policy Officers and more.

The opportunity

During the programme, candidates will complete three different work placements, each based in different host employers, in London. Each placement will be orientated around different professional job roles in housing and regeneration. The different placements will help candidates begin to develop their own professional network which will support a variety of future career paths.

Candidates have the opportunity to combine practical experience with making a real different to each host employer. The placements will be 9 months, 6 months, then 6 months, running from the end of January 2022 to October 2023. The host employers include a variety of London borough councils, housing associations, government teams, and a range of private sector companies – all working to build a better capital city.

In addition to the three placements, candidates are supported by:

  • An individual mentor – an established professional working in housing and regeneration to provide support and personal development
  • Exclusive learning and development sessions on the programme to build skills, knowledge and understanding of housing and regeneration
  • Regular monitoring, support and guidance from a dedicated Programme Manager at Future of London
  • Support in securing ongoing employment after completing the Programme

This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the wide range of professional career options in housing and regeneration, begin a successful career and make a positive impact on the lives of Londoners.

The deadline for applications for the 2022-23 has now closed.

Meet current professionals in housing and regeneration

I’m able to lead projects and I get a lot from engaging with local residents. Naima Ihsan, Transport Planner, London Borough of Southwark
Find out more about Naima in her video.

The Emerging Talent Programme is a great opportunity to get into housing and regeneration. Santokh Kaulder, Regeneration Manager, London Borough of Newham
Check out Santokh’s video for more information.

I’m directly involved in monitoring how London is being planned and how it is growing. Bhavna Brooker, Spatial Transport Planning Lead, Transport for London
Learn about Bhavna’s impact in her career so far in her video.

A career in housing and regeneration is so much more than what people think. It involves so much variety and opportunity. Violet Pugh, Digital Marketing Manager, Metropolitan Thames Valley Homes
Hear more about Violet’s career in her video.

Who is this opportunity for?

The programme is for talented individuals from ethnic minority communities who are keen to start and develop a career in housing and regeneration working in and around London.

It is designed to support recruits starting their career but is also open to anyone who is looking to change their career direction. Some applications have some level of work or volunteering experience and/or qualifications at a Higher or Degree level, related to housing, regeneration and development.

The application deadline for the 2022-23 cohort has now passed. If you have any questions about the Emerging Talent Programme please contact etp@futureoflondon.org.uk

Host organisations

If you are an employer working in housing and regeneration and are interested in hosting placements or offering training opportunities for recruits on the Emerging Talent Programme then please contact Michael Nathan.

Supporting organisations