Crest Nicholson has been ranked the 22nd best place in the UK for graduates to work, based entirely on reviews by current graduates from within the business.
TheJobCrowd Top 100 list is uniquely based on employee feedback from thousands of reviews submitted on TheJobCrowd website throughout the year by graduate employees currently working at companies across the UK.
Crest Nicholson graduates gain a rounded knowledge of residential property development, and emphasis is placed on cultivating creativity and variety throughout the programme. The scheme stretches and challenges graduates to grow into experienced and highly valued employees with structured pathways to the next stage of their career. In the first two years of the new programme 17 out of 19 graduates completed the scheme and have been promoted.
The programme culminates in an innovative final year project which gives graduates the opportunity to demonstrate their management skills, newfound knowledge and strategic thinking. In this unique group project graduate teams are tasked to create their own house design and, to date, two designs have been selected by the Board to be built and sold at upcoming development sites.
Sinead Joyce, Land & Planning Graduate at Crest Nicholson, said: “The thing that I really liked is the way the graduate scheme is structured around a journey through all aspects of the Group’s business. As well as the practical experience, my learning was supported by 14 formal workshops delivered by board members, heads of department and regional directors.
“We were all assigned a mentor from the executive management team whom we met with quarterly to raise any issues or questions, make suggestions for improvements and identify opportunities for further training.
“All of the graduates were divided into groups and, over the period of the programme, we were required to devise plans for a new type of house. This involved us not only working as a team, but interacting with others across the Group to fully understand the challenges and complexities of the task in hand. We recently presented our proposals back to the main Board and I am confident that some of the ideas that we have come up with will find a home in the business....no pun intended!”
Anthony Wilkinson, Head of Learning and Development at Crest Nicholson, said: “The graduate scheme is uniquely structured to grow senior talent within the business, in response to the management skills shortage in the housebuilding sector. The training that we provide our graduates with is first class in the industry, and it’s fantastic that our graduates themselves have ranked their experiences with Crest Nicholson so highly. I would encourage anyone with an interest in the residential property sector to apply for the Crest Nicholson graduate scheme.”
Applications for this year’s intake to the graduate scheme are now open and will close at the end of June 2016.