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Incommunities celebrates sparkling success for GEM graduates

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Education

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All 21 recruits on a Graduate Employment Mentoring (GEM) programme have passed the Chartered Institute of Housing Level 4 professional qualification and each gone on to secure permanent jobs.

The students came from Incommunities, Gentoo, South Yorkshire Housing Association, Keyhouse, Leeds Federated, Trowers and Hamlins, Orbit and The Centre for Partnership.

The GEM programme is a venture developed by The Centre for Partnership, part of Incommunities which is the largest social landlord in the Bradford District with nearly 21,500 homes for rent.

Incommunities will celebrate the double success for its graduate career building programme on Friday with an awards ceremony at its Shipley base. Students will receive their CIH certificates from Geraldine Howley, Incommunities’ group chief executive and chair of The Centre for Partnership. It will also be Howley’s first local engagement as the newly elected CIH vice president.

"I would like to congratulate all 21 GEM students on cohort five on their outstanding success," Howley said. "In a short time GEM has grown into a nationally recognised management and leadership training programme. With the launch of a Junior GEM programme in partnership with a leading Bradford upper school and the backing of the CIH, the future is definitely looking bright."

Since 2009 GEM has grown from being a West Yorkshire-based programme to a national one involving over 30 housing associations across the country providing traineeships.

Sarah Morton joined South Yorkshire Housing Association as a digital inclusion officer following a successful internship with them arranged through GEM. She said: "I’m very driven and the GEM programme has surpassed my expectations. The qualification was very challenging and has set me on the road to an exciting career."

The successful GEM students were: Thomas Sutton, Gareth Robinson, Phoebe Twum-Brown, Sophie Roberts, Jonathan Rogers (all Incommunities); Nicola Laycock, Sian Grindley, James Tennant, Hannah Bunce, Bethany Bishop (Gentoo); Danielle Smith, Andrew Tolley, Sarah Morton, Chris Flanagan, James Highmore (South Yorkshire Housing Association); Dave Gibson (Keyhouse); Cath Adams and Leah Keegan (Leeds Federated); Kirstin Halliwell (Trowers and Hamlins); Matthew Whittley (Orbit) and Nazmum Khan (Centre for Partnership).

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