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'Junior' housing students make the grade


Eight Bradford sixth-form students are celebrating completing a learning programme run by Incommunities aimed are encouraging young people into careers in housing.

The students from Tong High School and Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College have taken part in the third Junior GEM – Graduate Employment Mentoring – programme. The one-year programme combines classroom-based learning and work experience provided by Incommunities.

As part of their learning the young students study for a Level 3 qualification with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

Since 2013, 28 students have successfully completed the Junior GEM programme.

Junior GEM is an extension of an award winning learning programme for graduates, both run by the housing group’s Centre for Partnership.

The graduate programme is now recruiting from right across the UK to its ninth cohort having trained 119 GEMs since 2009.

Junior GEM Georgianna Baldwin from Tong High School, spent a work placement with Incommunities’ intensive housing management team and said: "I had never thought about housing as a possible career until I did the course.

"I’ve really enjoyed doing the assignments and the course has given me more confidence and helped my team skills. My placement has also given me the opportunity to find out more about how diverse housing is to work in."

Jacob Lister from Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College was also very positive about the Junior GEM programme. He said: "The programme has been really rewarding and I have learnt a lot about housing. Spending my work placement in the IT Department has been great and it’s really made me focus on IT as a possible career."

Incommunities Group chief executive, Geraldine Howley said: "I would like to congratulate all our Junior GEM students on successfully completing the programme.

"Accreditation through the Chartered Institute of Housing has really added value to the programme and hopefully this is the start of an exciting career journey for these talented young people.

"Their success is a further milestone in the development of the GEM model which is now recruiting graduates from Canada!"

Trevor Smith, director of the Centre for Partnership, said: "This Junior GEM celebration event recognised the fantastic contribution of students, tutors, managers, training providers and housing leaders who, together, have contributed so much to the programme.

"All the feedback shows it’s been a great experience for these students from both Tong High School and Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College. Hopefully, their success in achieving a CIH qualification will prove invaluable as they take the next steps in their careers."

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