Welsh Government supports diversity recruitment programme.
Thanks to a substantial £100,000 investment from the Welsh Government, a recruitment program aimed at improving equality and diversity within the social housing sector in Wales has expanded its scope.
The extra funding has allowed the Get into Housing Project, now in its second year, to increase the opportunities for more individuals, creating new pathways for underrepresented groups. The project aims to help build a more diverse and inclusive workforce within the social housing sector in Wales.
Led by a consortium of housing association including CCHA, Taff Housing, Cadwyb, Hafod, United Welsh, Linc Cymru, and Wales and West Housing, offers 16 week paid work placements across a range departments within the participating Housing Associations
In its first year, the project showcased its impact with 75% of participant secured positions within the housing sector, while others leveraged the support of mentors to enhance their future job search
Welsh Government’s financial backing has ensured spots for 16 young individuals aged 18 and above, who are now benefitting from the programme, and enjoying their placements with housing associations across Cardiff.
The Welsh Government’s Minister for Climate Change, Julie James, met with the 2024 cohort on 30 January to discuss why they have got involved and how they have benefitted so far.
“This is a fantastic project and one that we are very happy to support. Get into Housing provides participants with experience, training and access to employment opportunities, and I look forward to hearing about even more successes as the project develops.”
“As community housing associations, with a large and varied customer base, it’s important that diversity is reflected amongst staff across our organisations. The Get into Housing programme aims to empower candidates by enriching their CVs, honing their existing skills, and allowing participants to explore a career in the housing sector through paid placements. I’m so pleased to be able to bring this initiative back again after a successful first round.
“Through this programme, we are reaffirming our commitment as a housing sector to foster greater diversity and inclusion, with a shared goal to ensure that our teams accurately represent the vibrant communities we proudly serve.”
Participants receive comprehensive training and invaluable experience, with an eye toward long-term career prospects both within and outside the housing sector. A range of opportunities await successful candidates, including positions in finance, customer services, housing, community regeneration, development, and more.