Finalists in a competition which aims to recognise the best young talent in housing will be grilled by graduates aiming to build a career in the industry.
Rising Stars finalists Caitlin Farrow, Julie Wass and Sarah Thompson will visit housing group Incommunities’ headquarters in Shipley on Thursday 4 June.
The trio will have to work together on a campaign to persuade different audiences (school leavers, graduates and people looking to switch careers) that housing is the right path for them. They will present their concept to a group of students from Incommunities’ GEM (Graduate Employment Mentoring) programme and, following a question and answer session, the students will be asked to vote for the finalist who impressed them the most.
Rising Stars is run by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing. Caitlin (strategy policy manager, Peabody), Julie (customer service senior, North Lincolnshire Homes) and Sarah (lead officer for housing, Selby District Council) have already completed a range of challenges including a Twitter debate and interviews with senior housing figures on how they would deal with a series of ethical dilemmas. Their performances on each task will be combined with a public vote via the Inside Housing website, with the winner being announced at the Housing Heroes Awards on 22 June in Manchester.