emh group promotes careers in housing to local students
"I had never looked into the field before, but I will seriously consider it now."
David Nordass, 19, Student
Social housing and care provider emh group has held a mini careers fair at its offices in Coalville promoting the range of careers available in the sector.
Over 20 students from local Stephenson College were given an introduction to the business and the diverse services housing associations provide before being shown around the building by apprentices from the emh group academy. On the tour the students were encouraged to pose questions to staff working in the various departments, ranging from front line services such as housing and maintenance to support services like HR and finance.
The event was part of a learning and development project about making social housing a career of choice, and demonstrating to the wider public that housing associations are about much more than just providing homes. It also supports a new campaign by the National Housing Federation to tell politicians and the public a clearer story about housing associations and what they do. A film promoting the campaign, “Owning our Future”, features emh group Chief Executive Chan Kataria.
Chris Swaine, Learning and Development Manager at emh group, said: “Most careers events are held in schools and colleges, so it was quite innovative inviting students into the business and getting them to talk to real staff about real jobs.”
The students were also impressed by the approach. Kya Bright, 17, said: “I love the fact that you could gain knowledge of a variety of departments, helping with important career decisions.”
The event was also a success in opening eyes to career opportunities. David Nordass, 19, said: “I felt that all the staff take pride in the organisation, and there are many opportunities to progress. I had never looked into the field before, but I will seriously consider it now.”