31 July 2017

Flagship launches ‘Bright Futures Programme’ to boost jobs in housing

In a first for the sector, Flagship Group has launched its pioneering ‘Bright Futures Programme’  to attract more young people into a career in housing.

The innovative degree sponsored management training programme brings together the best of higher and vocational education. The four-year “earn while you learn” course is for 18 year olds and above who will enrol on a Certificate in Higher Education (one year) leading onto a three-year degree. A permanent job with Flagship is guaranteed when students finish.

Instrumental in bringing the initiative together, Emma King, Executive Director at Flagship Group, said: “We are really excited at the prospect of attracting young people on to our new management training programme. At the same time as earning money, they will be able to gain a degree paid for by us and learn about our business as well as the wider housing sector.

“As someone who has completed a training management programme, I know how key this course will be in providing an opportunity for our business to grow our own talent as we will have young people who are professionally qualified with the skills specific to our needs.”

The apprentices will split their time between the workplace and university study, with the latter starting in September this year. Most of the university study will be online with some attendance at university, dependent on the needs of the apprentice and the employer.

Flagship has teamed up with University of Salford to develop the Degree Apprenticeships. Dr Anya Ahmed – Senior Lecturer, Social Policy from the university, said: “Housing professional education at the University of Salford has a long history and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Flagship to develop this exciting and innovative new degree programme.”

The successful candidates will have a dedicated Flagship mentor who will review their progress, agree objectives and provide general support. Lisa Collen, Flagship’s Director of People, said: “People leaving school often know very little about the housing sector and this opportunity offers a rewarding pathway into a diverse career.

“Rising tuition fees and associated living costs can increase the risk associated with choosing to become an undergraduate meaning it isn’t a viable option, so we think our degree sponsored management programme can be an excellent alternative for young people.”

For more information of how to apply for a place on the Bright Futures Programme please contact Nadine Tapp, Learning and Development Manager on 0845 258 6344 or Nadine.Tapp@flagship-group.co.uk