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The national GEM programme : engaging graduate potential

the Junior GEM Programme

We now have accreditation to deliver the CIH Level 3 Certificate in Housing Services Qualification along with a year’s work experience.  This ground-breaking pilot programme will allow sixth form students from Tong High School to carry out a CIH Level 3 qualification and carry out work placements at Incommunities while studying for their A levels.

The Junior GEM programme commenced in October 2013, kicking off with the induction event on 16th October with a cohort of 8 sixth form students.  The programme is designed and delivered by tutors from Incommunities.  The CIH elements of the programme are to delivered through a blended approach to learning.

The CIH qualification is intended to provide an insight into different areas of the housing sector whilst developing a range of transferable skills such as communication skills and team working skills. The learning experiences will be diverse and will meet the needs of a cohort of younger learners.

  • the GEM Programme has already gained a lot of positive attention with the housing minister Kris Hopkins visiting them on a learning day

Kris Hopkins, MP for Keighley & Ilkley, said: Incommunities and the Centre for Partnership deserve great credit for building this exciting and innovative programme. The programme is proving an invaluable route into rewarding careers through a package of high quality training and learning experiences. The launch of Junior GEM is a really exciting development which is now bringing the benefits of the programme to a group of local school students.

Trevor Smith, Director of The Centre for Partnership, said: It was great to share with the Housing Minister how we are expanding the GEM model. This includes developing Junior GEM which offers young students the opportunity to attain an escalator professional qualification and ultimately achieve a debt free business focused degree.

Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group Chief Executive, said: We are really excited about the growth of the GEM programme and it was great to give the Housing Minister a first hand insight into its success. GEM is part of a package of employment schemes Incommunities is involved in to help people realise their own career and employment aspirations. In a short time it has developed into a high quality programme designed to equip each participant to become leaders of the future. I am proud of how through initiatives such as Junior GEM we are building the concept of a University of Work at Incommunities.

CFP-GEM-page-photo-1 (Left to right: Trevor Smith GEM Programme Director, Kris Hopkins Minister of Housing, Geraldine Howley Incommunities Group Chief Executive).

The success of the junior GEM Programme has promoted significant changes. The chartered institute of housing has lowered the age at which people can begin studying their more advanced qualifications to attract school leavers. Read more here

We are looking forward to their next 2 years on the programme.

See our Junior GEM video on Youtube