Emerging Talent Programme

Launch your career in the built environment

Group of young people in a row with the large construction site in the background
Emerging talent recruits on a site visit to Meridian Water in Enfield

Would you like to shape your city and make London a better place to live and work? We offer paid work placements to people from ethnic minority backgrounds to start a career in the built environment.

The Emerging Talent Programme supports people starting their career and or looking for a career change. The programme is aimed at people from ethnic minority backgrounds. It was set up by Future of London in 2022 to improve ethnic diversity in the built environment sector.

We offer paid work placements with excellent public and private sector employers. You will be in full-time employment for 15 months with training and an experienced mentor. You will also get peer support from a motivated group of people like you.

Find out why we need an Emerging Talent Programme here

This is the third round of recruitment to the programme following the graduation of the first cohort graduated in October 2023. One in three have already found permanent jobs, all with employers who provided work placements.

Anyone who has lived or worked in London knows about the housing crisis and the fast pace of change in the urban environment as buildings are demolished and new ones built. If you are interested in improving cities and the lives of people who live in them, the built environment sector is for you.

Key benefits

Full-time employment for 15 months
Training and mentoring support
£28k annual salary
Peer support from a motivated group of people like you

There are numerous rewarding careers in the built environment sector including housing, planning, regeneration, urban design and community building. You could work for councils, housing associations or in the private sector.

Launch your career in the built environment

We work with a major employers in the public and private sector to offer paid work placements. You will work for two employers to gain different experiences before deciding on your career path.

Twelve young people of colour in their twenties smiling and posing for a photograph with some seated on a sofa.
The Emerging Talent Programme group after graduating

The programme will give you a unique foundation for a successful career in the built environment sector: 

  • 15 months employment at a salary of £28,000 pa from April 2024 – July 2025 
  • two placements – one for nine months, then one for six months –  working full time 
  • work placements in two different organisation giving you insight into career options 
  • regular training days with your peers to broaden your knowledge of the industry; develop your own professional network and hone key workplace behaviours 
  • 1-2-1 support from a mentor who is an established professional in the sector 
  • support from Future of London in securing a role after completing the programme 
  • opportunities to broaden your sector knowledge and professional network at Future of London events  
Woman in a white shirt talks to another woman with her face turned away from the camera. A man sits in the background with a glass of water on a table
Your mentor is an important part of the Emerging Talent Programme

The programme will develop your transferable workplace skills and behaviour. You will understand where in the sector is best suited to your strengths and preferences. You will meet leaders from across London’s built environment sector and build a valuable network that will support the rest of your career. 

After graduating from the Emerging Talent Programmes, roles could include:

  • Regeneration project manager
  • Housing officer
  • Development manager
  • Planning consultant
  • Town planner
  • Communications and marketing manager
  • Community engagement officer
  • Policy officer

Who can apply?

You should apply for the programme if you: 

  • are from an ethnic minority background
  • can prove your right to work in the UK  
  • have maths and English qualification equivalent to Grade C or 4 at GCSE
  • are passionate about working in London’s built environment
  • can work full time from April 2024 – July 2025. 

We are interested to hear from individuals who are comfortable with working in a team and behaving professionally. Higher or degree-level qualifications are not an absolute requirement, and neither is experience of working in housing and regeneration.

Applicants may have recently completed university study or have been working for a few years since leaving school.

If you have any questions about the Emerging Talent Programme please contact etp@futureoflondon.org.uk.

How to apply

The application process has three stages.

1. Application form

We ask for information about you to understand your motivation for the opportunity and your experience of demonstrating the key experiences we are looking for.

Please take the time to complete your application carefully. This includes looking to use correct spelling, punctuation and grammar.

You are encouraged to think widely about your experiences when answering questions about you demonstrating the behaviours we are looking for.

2. Video interview

If your application form is assessed as strong, you will be invited to a live video interview with a representative from Future of London and a representative from an employer who is offering placements on the programme.

3. Online assessment centre

The final stage will involve participating in a group exercise, an individual presentation exercise and a written exercise.

Future of London will support any applicant who may need reasonable adjustments to support their application. This may be due to a disability or any other situation. Please do not hesitate to contact etp@futureoflondon.org.uk to request this.


Hear from our current candidates

“If you have a passion for the built environment, even if you do not have the academic background, this programme is for you.”

Aliyah Sheikh

“Anyone looking to work on challenging projects and build an impressive network should apply to this programme.”

Rhianna Malcolm

Fahad AbidSouthern Housing,  DP9 & LB Haringey

Israel Aguirre, LB Camden, Southern Housing GroupSocius Developments

Rhianna Malcolm, GLA, Arup & Campbell Tickell

Safaa UsamniDLUHC, MTVH & Arup

Podcast: Our experience of the Emerging Talent Programme
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Podcast: Launching our careers in the built environment
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