Platform Housing searches out second cohort for Trainee Board Programme - The Solihull Observer

Platform Housing searches out second cohort for Trainee Board Programme

WEST Midlands housing provider is looking to recruit its second cohort of eager young professionals looking for board level experience.

Platform Housing s currently advertising five new vacancies within its pioneering programme that not only offers hands on experience but mentoring and personalised training too.

The programme launched two years ago and recruited four young people.

Trainee Board member Kaeden, and social housing tenant told the Observer about the opportunities that have been made available to him and how Platform supported his personal and professional growth,

He said: “Being on the trainee board and being a social housing tenant, I’ve had a unique and exciting opportunity to understand how a social landlord operates and improve my knowledge about its inner workings.

“One thing for me that stands out from my experience is that Platform created a fantastic learning environment right from the outset.

“All trainee board members were provided with training and tailored personal development plans to develop us professionally for our future careers. For instance, I gained crucial chairing skills and undertook CIH training too”

Elizabeth Froude, CEO of Platform Housing Group said: “After struggling to recruit diversity onto our Board, we decided to recruit diversity and then give the individuals the training that brought them the Board skills they’d need.

“Each Trainee has a buddy, a Board member who mentors them throughout the programme and we rotate the trainees around all of our Board Committees meaning that they get to see the varied technical areas of the business, giving them two years of experience, they can put on their CV’s.”

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