Sanctuary is one of the UK’s leading providers of housing, care and community services. With around 13,000 employees, we maintain a culture where diversity is valued and talent is nurtured and rewarded.

Graduate Programme – New Home Development (2 Year Fixed Term Contract)

Worcester based with a balance of home and office working and travel

£25,000 – £26,250 a year

35 hours per week

Do you want to work for an organisation that is commercially focused with a social purpose?

As well as generating revenue through development, we have several other commercial business streams including over 100 care homes managed by Sanctuary Care, specialist and supported housing through Sanctuary Supported Living, our Sanctuary Students university accommodation and a telecare service called Sanctuary365.

About Sanctuary:

Development, or building new homes, is a key part of our business.

As well as providing more much-needed housing, our construction programme helps to create jobs and training opportunities, regenerate neighbourhoods and support communities across the UK.

Sanctuary will continue its proud history as a developer of social housing. Between 2020 and 2023, we will build 6,000 homes across a range of tenures. To do this, we will build homes for sale to generate funding for new shared ownership, affordable rent and social rent.

We want to build more homes for social and affordable rent and believe social housing – the right homes, in the right places – could play a bigger role in reducing the impact of the housing crisis.

In addition to building our own homes, we recognise we can grow our contribution to society by working with others. We are delivering more than 1,000 homes through a series of joint ventures and will continue to build more homes in partnership with other organisations

If you want to be part of our future ambitious development plans then this could be the scheme for you!

About the programme:

  • Successful candidates will attend a month-long induction programme where you will be given the opportunity to learn more about our business and your two-year programme as well as to meet with senior leaders and of course other graduates to start you on your journey
  • Based in our Worcester office (but placements may include a regional focus) you will complete up to four six-month rotational placements across our Development business which could include: Regeneration, Sales & Marketing, Project Management, Land & Planning, Construction and Head Office Functions (such as development finance)
  • You’ll have the opportunity to be involved in a range of exciting Development projects
  • Following successful completion of the programme you would enter one of the main Development areas and follow a career pathway into management
  • Learning and Development

    The Sanctuary Learning Academy provides effective and high-quality learning opportunities throughout the organisation, supporting our employees to achieve their ambitions and enabling Sanctuary to meet its business objectives. You will also have access to a buddy and mentor.

    About you:

    Graduating in any subject you will be in your final year of study, or have finished your studies within the last two years, and you will need a 2:1 degree as a minimum. You will also need to demonstrate a keen interest in the Development business, but past experience is not a requirement. Remember your personal skills will be just as important as your qualifications and we are interested in your potential and look for graduates who are:

  • Determined and focused, a natural at building relationships and inspiring others
  • Adaptable with strong problem-solving skills and confident in your own ability
  • Commercially astute and have the desire to take us forward as a leader of the future
  • This role will involve driving on company business. In order to drive a company vehicle, drivers must hold a full valid UK driving licence
  • When completing your application, view our website to explore the values and behaviours that are important to us.

    What will happen after you complete the Graduate Programme?

    Upon successful completion of the programme, our Graduates can typically expect to move into senior roles with increased remuneration packages. We therefore enjoy considerably higher retention rates when compared to other graduate schemes.

    What can we offer you in return?

    As part of our commitment to making Sanctuary a great place to work, we offer extensive development and training opportunities as well as a comprehensive reward and benefits package:

  • A pension scheme with matching employer contributions from Sanctuary up to set limits
  • 25 days leave (rising to a maximum of 30 days) plus public holidays
  • Life assurance
  • Health & well-being plans
  • Discounted products & services
  • Personal advice and counselling
  • Family-friendly arrangements
  • Tax efficient savings through our Cycle to Work scheme
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • £25,000 per annum, rising to £26,250 following the successful completion of Year 1
  • What is the application process?

  • Stage 1: Complete an online application form
  • Stage 2: Virtual first stage interviews – held via MS Teams
  • Stage 3: Complete an online OPQ assessment
  • Stage 4: Assessment Centre – held in our Worcester Head Office on 2nd March 2022
  • Early applications are welcome; however, our shortlisting will be completed shortly after the closing date below.

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