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The search is underway to find new GEM recruits


An award-winning learning programme, supported by Incommunities, is starting its recruitment drive to find 22 graduates keen to build rewarding careers in housing.

Image of the GEM team The Graduate Employment Mentoring (GEM) programme is run by the housing group’s Centre for Partnership.

The 12 month programme delivers high quality management and leadership training combined with paid work experience internships. Each recruit is also given one-to-one mentor support from housing leaders.

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) with students studying for a Level 4 qualification for the Housing Profession.

On the latest programme - cohort eight - Incommunities are providing two internships. They will be joined by ten housing associations and councils who are also providing internships. These include Kirklees Council, Regenda (Bolton), Yorkshire Coast Homes (Scarborough), Wulvern Housing (Crewe) , Orbit Group (West Midlands), Contour Homes ( Manchester), Oldham Council, Walsall Housing Group, Newlon Housing (London) and Wheatley Group (Glasgow).

The Wheatley Group are the first Scottish housing association to join the GEM programme and this represents an important step in expanding the project, supported by the CIH, right across the UK.

Cohort eight starts in October 2015.

The GEM programme first launched in 2009 in West Yorkshire and has now expanded to involve 20 housing associations in England and Scotland.

Since the programme went ‘national’ in 2012, 100% of the GEM graduates entering the jobs market have gone on to successfully secure jobs with around 90% moving into careers in social housing.

Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group chief executive and Chartered Institute of Housing President, said: “These are challenging times for local job seekers and this programme, backed by the CIH and leading housing partners, continues to deliver fantastic opportunities for talented and ambitious graduates.

“The programme also provides the right balance of work experience and structured learning which meets the needs of potential employers.

“This combination makes the GEM programme a very attractive career proposition!”

Trevor Smith, director of the Centre for Partnership, said: “The GEM programme is demanding and rewarding. It provides a terrific opportunity for graduate job seekers to develop their skills and take their first steps on a professional route into the housing sector.

“The support of the CIH makes it an even more attractive programme and a stronger career offer for young people.”

  • If you think you have what it takes to be a ‘GEM success’, contact the Centre for Partnership team on 01274 254701 or email
  • Interested in taking on a GEM at your organisation? Find out more

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