Emerging Talent Programme
There is a well-recognised lack of diversity in the built environment profession with a narrow talent pool entering the sector. This is at odds with the well-publicised benefits of increasing diversity in organisations: new perspectives, a greater capacity for creativity and innovation, and a competitive advantage.
A lasting change is needed now more than ever to meet today’s significant challenges. Working closely with specialist housing consultancy Altair, as well as a group of housing association and developer co-designers – Network Homes, Peabody, Catalyst and Hill Group – FoL will reach out to BAME individuals to offer an inclusive entry point for a greater diversity of talent into London’s housing and regeneration sectors.
The aims of the programme are to:
- Attract new people to the sector through a strong branding exercise
- Increase understanding and awareness of the range of career opportunities in the sector
- Offer an eighteen-month programme and rotation through partner organisations
- Create opportunity to cross-fertilise between housing associations, local authorities, consultancies and private developers
- Create an opportunity to fast-track talented leaders
Supported by the GLA, the programme focuses on the talent pipeline and is a natural complement to FoL’s Leaders programme and to the BAME professional development programme Leadership 2025’s aspiration to create a talent pool of diverse future leaders.
Having been part of the Leadership 2025 Steering Group for two years, I am delighted now to be involved in co-designing and co-sponsoring the Emerging Talent Programme. If we want to create more diversity in the sector’s leadership, we need to start at the grass roots and build a strong pipeline. The talent is undoubtedly there. This will help is to tap into it, and to nurture it.
Fiona Deal, Executive Director of People & Technology, Network Homes
The Emerging Talent Programme will help shape London’s future success. It’s an exciting opportunity to help unearth and develop future leaders in our great city and will help us boost diversity and inclusivity. Peabody has always put great emphasis on collaboration, sharing expertise, and nurturing talent and we’re pleased to continue this in partnership with Future of London.
Andrea Gordon, Director of HR, Peabody
I am delighted that we are able to be part of co-creating the emerging talent programme to harness the abundance of diverse expertise and knowledge in London. We absolutely recognise the need to, and are committed to, increasing diversity and inclusivity across the sector, and very much look forward to doing more with Future of London.
Alison Henderson, Director of People, Catalyst
Working in estate regeneration for the last 20 years has given us a unique understanding of the challenges city living can bring, which is why we are so proud to be a part of this programme. Not only does this initiative seek to address the lack of diversity within our industry, it also provides candidates with access to a diverse range of skills and valuable experience through in-depth secondments, demonstrating the range of career opportunities the housebuilding sector can offer.
Greg Hill, Deputy CEO, Hill Group
Future of London and Altair are currently looking for public- and private-sector organisations to offer six-eight-month placements to candidates on the programme from 2021. For more information contact Nicola Mathers.