Five new recruits for United Living's GEM scheme

 · Posted in Social Gain

Leading UK contractor United Living has appointed five new graduates on a two-year programme following its recent partnership with the Graduate Employment Recruitment (GEM) scheme.

Cynthia Ijiekhaumhen (age 24), Amir Zadeh (age 32), Edwin Lockerbie (age 21), Karina Duncan (age 24) and Niedharson Pooranachandran (age 25) will participate in full time employment with United Living while studying for their Level 4 qualification in the housing sector as part of the GEM training scheme.

The graduate programme is designed to give graduates high quality management and leadership training, with one to one mentor support.
Cynthia Ijiekhaumhen, a newly appointed central services graduate, said she was first attracted to the project because of its collaborative nature and hopes it will allow her to identify where her skills are best applied.

“I want to change people’s attitudes and perceptions towards the construction industry, while doing something worthwhile. Now when I tell people I work in construction, they seem pleasantly surprised”.

Amir Zadeh, recruited for the position of construction graduate will be working on projects based in the South region. Having watched his brothers’ success in the construction industry, Amir wanted to follow in their footsteps and work in the construction sector. Following completion of a Masters degree in project management for construction, he aims to approach new challenges and enhance his skills.

Edwin Lockerbie, refurbishment graduate in the South region was excited to find out he had gained a place on the United Living GEM programme. Edwin said he first applied for the graduate scheme due to the strong sense of social justice United Living and GEM demonstrate. He believes his motivation working on the project will be seeing the end product and contributing to society.

Karina Duncan, who is working in the Wales region says she has always known she wanted to work in the housing sector, wanting to find both purpose and reward within her role. She will assist United Living in their aim to provide quality housing.

Niedharson Pooranachandran joined the graduate scheme to enhance his career prospects within the construction industry, hoping to adopt state of the art technology, and apply innovative approaches to come up with new housing solutions and to help the community.

Anne Newman, United Living Group’s people services director said, “We are really excited to be working with the GEM Programme to help recruit our graduates and thus develop a pipeline of leaders to future-proof our strategy of growth to 2020 and beyond.

Each GEM recruit will be given a great all round working knowledge of our business and have the opportunity to learn comprehensively about estate regeneration and environmental improvements, particularly within the social housing sector”.

If you are interested in working for United Living, please go to their website to see the available opportunities here; http://unitedliving.co.uk/careers

To join one of the GEM programmes, please visit this website; http://www.centreforpartnership.co.uk/the-gems/

Or to find out more about the grads, click on the below links:

Press and media enquiries, call 0161 660 9889 email press.office@unitedliving.co.uk