Get Involved In The Future Of Housing In Birmingham

Posted on: 04 Feb 24

Nehemiah Housing Association is supporting the first ever Birmingham Housing Week taking place 5-9 February 2024.

Birmingham Housing Week is a private sector initiative, organised by national housebuilder Lovell Partnerships, with support from Birmingham City Council and educational charity, MOBIE. This initiative aims not only to highlight the investment into new and current homes but also the chance to start conversations with the people of Birmingham and hear ideas from the industry and the housing sector, local communities and from the next generation as to how it can work for them.

Get Involved and have your say

We would urge all our tenants but especially the younger generation to get involved in the events and activities taking place and have your say. During this week, young people will also have the chance to explore career paths in the housing sector and contribute to discussions about building sustainable communities.

There are lots of events planned during the week and you can find out what is taking place here If you can’t attend any of the events or activities there is a survey, where you can have your say Survey | Birmingham Housing Week

Many of the events and activities focus on addressing housing provision in the city, while highlighting the investment and employment opportunities within Birmingham’s current and future housing landscape.

Llewellyn Graham Chief Executive of Nehemiah Housing Association said: “Birmingham Housing Week is a fantastic initiative aimed at our communities and provides an ideal opportunity to start the conversation around investment in homes in the city as well as employment opportunities for young people. I would urge everyone to get involved and have a say on your housing and community’s future.

I am certainly looking forward to the discussions and sharing my career journey with young people. I started as the first employee of Nehemiah Housing Association in 1989 and I am still here at the helm of Nehemiah Housing – 35 years later. Hopefully during my conversations I may speak to a future Housing Chief Executive.”

The week of events will highlight that there are lots of careers in housing not just in the construction of housing think about housing roles in Accountancy, Housing Officers, Customer Engagement Officers, Scheme Managers, Housing Maintenance, Marketing and Human Resources. The list goes on.

Bernadette Kennedy is Nehemiah’s Reporting Accountant and has been working at Nehemiah since April 2007 and when asked what career advice she would you give a young person starting out in Housing today she said:

“Get involved with as many different aspects of housing that you can. A good overview of how the business works is the key to understanding how to make a difference to the tenants you serve. Keep up to date with the changing legislation and always remember to look at things from the tenants point of view.”

Nehemiah’s latest recruit is Property Services Trainee, Samuel Daley. When asked why he chose a career in housing he said, “The reason I chose a career in housing is because I want to make a positive difference in people’s lives, their communities, and their life chances by providing them with a decent home and environment in which to live. You get the chance to meet people from all over the world and you also get the chance to listen to their life stories and get a deeper understanding of what their life looks like or looked like.

It’s a real opportunity to make an impact in peoples lives especially those who did not get the chance that others may have.”

We urge you to get involved in Birmingham Housing Week and take part in the events and activities planned and if at the end of the week you decide a career in housing may be something you are interested in get in touch. We can help you to develop your career in housing and have set up the Nehemiah Academy to help to do this. The Nehemiah Academy provides work placements and graduate internships together with grants of up to £1,500 to help with the cost of studying.

Learn more about our Academy https://nehemiah.co.uk/about-us/nehemiah-academy

To find out more information on Birmingham Housing Week, visit: https://www.birminghamhousingweek.co.uk/.