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 – starting 31 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 placing individuals looking to improve the buildings and spaces in which Londoners live, work and play with leading built environment sector organisations. 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.

Applications are now closed.

Mentor opportunities

We are looking for Alumni and other members of the Future of London network to support the development of our first cohort of promising Emerging Talent Programme candidates. You’ll be supporting a participant from an ethnic minority background to kick-start their career in the sector, and doing your part to help shape the city’s leaders of tomorrow. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Michael Nathan.

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.

The opportunity

FoL’s Emerging Talent Programme is a 21-month paid position providing a unique insight into of a variety of jobs in housing and regeneration. 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 3 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 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 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 some applicants 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 they can show they are comfortable with working in a team and behaving professionally. Higher or Degree Level qualifications are not an absolute requirement, neither is specific experience of working in housing and regeneration. Applicants may have recently completed university study or it may be a few years since they finished secondary school.

The application deadline 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 for recruits on the Emerging Talent Programme then please contact Michael Nathan.

Supporting organisations