Raising The Roof, Raising Expectations

Linden Homes’ trainee programme

An increasing number of young people are reconsidering their options when it comes to starting a career in the housebuilding sector. As more and more organisations are providing alternative avenues and routes towards their aspirational career paths, gone are the days when a young person had to be a graduate to step on to the career ladder.

Through Linden Homes' flexible Management Trainee Programme, Jemima Marsh (20) who is a trainee quantity surveyor has been able to find her feet in the sector and find out more about the career she wants to pursue.

After finishing her studies at Godalming College, where she secured three A-Levels, Jemima was unsure of her next move. As such, much to her surpise, she found herself in the construction industry when she was appointed as a Business Administration Apprentice in Linden Homes’ Customer Care team. Just a few months into this role confirmed that this was the industry for her, and one that she wanted to progress and excel within. From there, she decided that she wanted to join the Management Trainee Programme.

Jemima comments: "Within my role in customer care, I learnt a huge amount about the industry and the business. From liaising with the existing quantity surveying team as part of my customer care position, I discovered that the quantity surveyor job role really appealed to me and one that I wanted to gain experience in.

“The team was really supportive when I suggested joining the Trainee Programme and upon starting it was ensured I was visiting development sites and getting the right kind of exposure straight away. The Linden Homes team is one that you can feel confident you will progress within, and my colleagues have continued to do everything to ensure I am supported and receiving the best guidance."

Now a trainee quantity surveyor, Jemima's role is varied from conducting site visits to liaising with stakeholders, to placing contractor orders. Alongside her job role, Jemima is also studying for an HNC in Construction and the Built Environment at Guildford College to ensure she is equipped with the toolkit she needs to build foundations for a strong future.

Jemima continues: "I'm experiencing a very different side of the business and the housebuilding journey to that of my experiences in the customer care team. I love visiting sites to see the bigger picture and how the processes all come together. Combining that with the college course that Linden Homes is supporting me on is allowing me to learn everything at one go– but at my own pace, as per Linden's flexible approach to training."

Tom Nicholson, Linden Homes’ Divisional Chairman East, commented: "It is great to see Jemima enjoying such a positive experience as part of the Trainee Programme. We are committed to helping young people into the industry, and we are seeing an increase of young women like Jemima embarking on their careers in the field.

“We take a case-by-case approach to all of our trainees, to ensure they are provided the right guidance and balance of education and on-the-job experience, to kick-start what will hopefully be a long and prosperous career for them in the sector.”

As part of Linden Homes’ pledge to support young talent in to the industry, the housebuilder is sponsoring this year’s Women in Property’s National Student Awards.

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Media can contact Emma Cox or Rebecca Reid on emma.cox@remarkablegroup.co.uk / rebecca.reid@remarkablegroup.co.uk or 01962 893893 for more information, images and interviews with Linden Homes.

05 October 2017

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