Emerging Talent Programme – build your career, shape this city, make an impact

London Wide View River Thames From City Hall, Emerging Talent Programme

Future of London’s Emerging Talent Programme – apply now to start 31st January 2022

In collaboration with a group of high-profile public and private sector companies driving forward housing, regeneration and development in London, Future of London (FoL) is offering the opportunity to start a professional career in this sector to candidates from London’s ethnic minority communities. We are looking for individuals looking to improve the buildings and spaces in which Londoners live, work and play. Future of London and our partners have designed the Emerging Talent Programme to help transform the housing and regeneration sector so that it better represents the community it is working for.

Application deadline extended to 12pm on Friday 26 November. Candidates are strongly encouraged to send through their applications as soon as possible, as these will be assessed on a rolling basis.

A sector that makes a difference

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

Professionals and managers working in this sector can make a positive impact on the life of London’s communities. This is an opportunity to start a career that makes a difference to your city.

A wide range of professional careers

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….to name but a few.

Your opportunity

FoL’s Emerging Talent Programme is a 21-month paid position providing you unique insight into of a variety of jobs in housing and regeneration. During the Programme you 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 you start developing your own professional network which will support whichever career path you follow.

You will 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 3 placements, you will be supported by:

  • An individual mentor – an established professional working in housing and regeneration to provide support and advice specific to your personal development
  • Exclusive learning and development sessions for you and your peers on the programme to build you 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 in a role that fits you and make a positive impact on the lives of Londoners.

The deadline for applications has been extended to 12pom Friday 26 November.

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?

Who is this opportunity for?

The Emerging Talent Programme is for 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. It may be that you have some level of work or volunteering experience and/or qualifications at a Higher or Degree level, related to housing, regeneration and development.

However, it is more important that you can show you are comfortable with working in a team and behaving professionally with everyone you come across. Higher or Degree Level qualifications are not an absolute requirement, neither is specific experience of working in housing and regeneration. You may have recently completed university study or it may be a few years since you finished secondary school.

The key attributes that applicants need to demonstrate, which will be assessed in the recruitment process are:

  • Genuine enthusiasm to work in housing and regeneration
  • A keen interest in supporting local communities
  • The ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of people
  • High levels of self-motivation and self-discipline
  • Effectiveness in working with a wide range of people
  • Good ability in verbal and written communication in English
  • Ability to successfully manage different projects at the same time – alongside your work responsibilities in your placements there will be additional activities to complete for the training and development events
  • Competence in Maths and English – this can be evidenced by having achieved formal qualifications equivalent to GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 – but if you don’t have this at the point of your application then this can be further assessed in the recruitment process
  • Basic to intermediate literacy in IT including MS office applications
  • Will have completed qualifications to at least Level 3 (e.g. A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma) before starting work on 31st January 2022

All applicants must be able to show they have the legal right to work in the UK to be considered.

The application process

The application process

The process consists of three stages, which all need to be passed to receive an offer

1) Application form

The form is a Microsoft Word document which you will need to download, complete and save as a new Word document including your responses.

The application form includes questions about the key requirements mentioned above. Your answers to those questions will be used to decide if we invite you to the online video interview. Please bear in mind the following to give you the best chance of submitting a strong application;

  • please ensure spelling, grammar and punctuation is correct throughout your application. This is especially important regarding your contact details
  • please include information about all qualifications you may already have, however please note there is the opportunity to provide any supporting information e.g. extenuating circumstances, about these as well
  • for questions that ask about examples of experience you have of demonstrating the attributes we are looking for, it is better to think of your best example – this could be from a wide range of experiences – not just limited to formal employment experience

Separate CVs will not be reviewed to ensure all applications are assessed on an equal and consistent basis. The application form asks for contact details and answers to support monitoring of diversity of applications. The responses to these sections are not taken into account in the assessment of your application.

2) Live online interview

If your application form is strong, you will be invited to a short live online interview. This interview will assess verbal communication and your understanding and motivation to join the Emerging Talent Programme.

3) Online Assessment centre

The final stage of the application process will involve applicants completing a group exercise, and individual exercise and an interview with senior managers from the participating Host organisations.

Application deadline

Application deadline

Please note that applications have now closed (deadline 26 November, 12 pm). Candidates are strongly encouraged to complete their applications ASAP, as these will be assessed on a rolling basis.

Further queries

Further questions and queries

If you have any questions about the Emerging Talent Programme and/or your application, then please contact etp@futureoflondon.org.uk

We strongly encourage you to contact us if you feel you require any additional support or reasonable adjustment with your application. Your query will be treated in confidence.

For employers

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