Countryside is proud to host their first Early Careers conference

Early Careers Conference

We recently hosted our first Early Careers conference which reflected our commitment, continued drive and focus on early career opportunities across the business.

The conference, held at the ICAEW Charted Accountants Hall in London, had speakers from various arms of Countryside who dove deep on an array of topics that impact the theme of “Future of Housebuilding”  including a business overview by Mike Woolliscroft, Group Co-Chief Executive, driving societal impact by Kate Ives, Strategic Growth Director, Net Zero 2040 Looking Back by Robert MacDiarmid, Group Sustainability Director, Creating New Communities by Rosa Etherington, Associate Planning Director, and sustainable practices such as the benefits of timber frames adopted in the construction and the housebuilding sector by Adam Daniels, Managing Director, West Midlands.

We were also joined by guest speaker John Slaughter, Industry Affairs Director, from Home Builders Federation, who spoke on the topic of modernisation and challenges for housebuilding affairs.  The event gave attendees, which included management trainees, graduates and those that support their development through the programme, an opportunity to network and a chance to develop vital skills important for their professional growth and personal development.

To celebrate our employees and the drive for early careers within the business, we handed out ten awards during the event to graduates or trainees whose exemplary work reflected our core values and also to those line managers or mentors classed as ‘Early Careers Champions’ for their effort in supporting their graduate or trainee throughout the programme.

Our early careers programmes offer aspiring individuals the opportunity to have an exciting and successful career within the housebuilding industry. Whether you are about to leave school, are a new graduate or are looking to up-skill or change career, there is something that suits everyone. We work hard to ensure that our career opportunities set the pathway into a rewarding, inclusive, and supportive workplace where everyone feels welcome and our programmes, include both graduate and apprenticeship entry points, enabling new starters to feel supported to achieve their career goals and aspirations.

Jagdeesh Mali, Quantity Surveyor Trainee, West London and Thames Valley, Countryside, said "I am privileged to be recognised and to receive an award for demonstrating one of the core Countryside values. Receiving this award has allowed me to reflect on my progress made with Countryside and realise that this would not have been achievable without the support that’s provided from my fellow colleagues."

Roma Sondhi, Graduate Trainee, West Midlands, Countryside comments "The Early Careers conference offered a great insight into the business, social impact and sustainability. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to all the speakers and networking with fellow graduates and trainees across the business. I was honoured to have been recognised with an award. Congratulations to all the recognition winners."

Sian Myers, Chief People and Culture Officer, Countryside, added “It was great to see young graduates and management trainees coming together to listen and learn from Countryside representatives on the myriad ways in which they can start building a strong career within the housebuilding industry.

We understand how important our Early Career starters are to the overall development of the business, and we are committed on enabling them to build a strong foundation for their career. Hosting our first conference marked our continued progression in this area and we were delighted to share our thoughts and meet everyone who attended the event.”

Trainees at the Early Careers Conference
Trainees at the Early Careers Conference