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Barnet Homes’ young talent makes industry shortlist

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Published by David Thomas for The Barnet Group in Housing and also in Communities

Development Manager Susanna Morales makes housing industry shortlist Development Manager Susanna Morales makes housing industry shortlist

One of the ways that Barnet Homes supports its staff is to develop their skill sets, particularly in a direction they might not have considered before. Last year it was able to support five female staff to progress with their career in a technical field, an area traditionally dominated by men.

One of those female members of staff had her career development recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony in Manchester last night.

Barnet Homes’ Development Manager Susanna Morales attended the Inside Housing 2014 Housing Heroes awards due to making the shortlist of Career Development Star of the Year.

David Hann, Head of Operations (Property) at Barnet Homes said:
”Although Susanna did not walk away with the Development Star of the Year award, Barnet Homes is immensely proud of the progress she has made in the past 12 months. Last summer Susanna was just completing her qualifications as a trainee project manager. This summer she was shortlisted among her peers and recognised alongside some of the most talented young people in housing. She successfully project managed Barnet Homes’ first new council homes in 20 years and she is busy progressing with the next set of flagship council housing the borough. Well done Susanna!”

The construction industry has some of the lowest figures of women workers in any sector of the economy accounting for only 11% of that workforce and as little as 1% in the manual trades.

Susanna started off as a PA and quickly moved into a trainee Project Manager role. Part of the conditions of the post was to complete a qualification in construction project management training. Supported by Barnet Homes, she completed a Masters in Construction Project Management last summer.

Susanna put this to good use earlier this year as she project managed the construction of the first three council homes in Barnet for 20 years. The properties on Alexandra Road address a shortage of family homes in the borough and are the start of a substantial programme of 500 new homes to be built over the next five years.

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