Emerging Talent Programme launches to support diversity in the built environment

Emerging Talent Programme 2022-23 cohort group shot

Future of London, the capital’s network for the built environment, was delighted to launch its first Emerging Talent Programme cohort this week. The programme gives Londoners from ethnic minority backgrounds the opportunity to kick-start their career in housing, development and regeneration by experiencing three placements in a range of built environment organistions over 21 months. On Monday, the fifteen candidates from a wide range of backgrounds came together at Southern Housing’s offices in Clerkenwell to begin their new roles.

It’s crucial that those working to shape the capital reflect its diversity, but at Future of London we’ve consistently found that our members and supporters find recruiting talent that is representative of the city an ongoing challenge. We’ve launched this programme to bring together organisations from across the public and private sectors – including Arup, the GLA, The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and a range of housing associations and London boroughs – to host candidates and provide them with in-depth experience of the built environment.

Working with the host organisations and sponsors, Future of London is driving the creation of a new cohort of talent that will shape the city’s future. The programme has been designed to help transform the housing and regeneration sector so that it better represents the community it is working for.

Nicola Mathers, Chief Executive of Future of London, said: ‘I’m so pleased that, with the help of our sponsors and host organisations, we’ve launched this ambitious new programme. We’re excited to be making a positive impact on the sector’s diversity, and giving these talented individuals the chance to fast track a career in the built environment sector.’

Patrick Duffy, Director of Strategic Asset Management at Southern Housing Group and host of the launch workshop, commented: ‘The Group were delighted to host the launch and offered continued support  for this programme. It’s so important to ensure that this sector reflects the people it serves so that we can better meet the needs of Londoners, so we’ve got to make a deliberate effort to attract diverse talent to the built environment’.

‘I’m so excited that this programme is going to give me a chance to enter a career where I can make a difference to London’s communities. Experiencing three placements is a great a chance for me to learn a huge amount quickly, and I know this will act as a springboard into a career I’m passionate about ’ Fahad Abid, a candidate on the flagship programme, said.

This is a pilot for the Emerging Talent Programme, but Future of London has ambition to continue to grow the  programme in future. and hopes to begin recruiting for candidates for the next cohort in late 2022. For more information visit the Future of London website. You can check out all of the candidates and their first placement hosts here. If your organisation is interested in being involved in the programme then get in touch with Future of London.

Visit the Emerging Talent Programme page for more information about the project.

If your organisation is interested in being involved in the programme, please contact Elaine Cleland-Awity.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Future of London helps build better cities through knowledge, networks and leadership – across disciplines, organisations and sectors. We are the capital’s independent network for regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development practitioners, with 5,000+ professionals using FoL as a hub for sector intelligence, connection and professional development, and a mandate to prepare the next wave of cross-sector city leaders.