Business Improvement Graduate – England

Business Improvement Graduate

Places for People



We are Places for People Group, we're a social enterprise that believes it's more than just homes that make a community – it's the people. That's why we build homes and manage communities where everyone can thrive.   

We aren't your typical company. We apply the same philosophy to our People as we do to our communities, ensuring our team is appreciated and supported. At Places for People, you're more than just a number – you're a part of our cause.   

More about your role  

This role is part of our 2023 graduate programme, known internally as our Emerging Talent programme. As our Business Improvement Graduate,  you'll support with the ongoing Transformation of our key Assets.  

The start date for this role is 18th September  which will include a week-long induction based from our Leeds office. The two-year programme will support you to develop the core skills, behaviours and technical ability to develop into a Business Improvement specialist with insight into Assets and Investments.  

The day-to-day role will see you support the delivery of a large-scale transformation project within our Assets and Investment team.   Your role will keep customer and colleague experience at its core, with an eye of productivity, colleague satisfaction measures and keeping our ways of working effortless.  The role will offer exposure to research methodologies, chance to get involved in workshop facilitation and gather key customer feedback and comments.  

This is a varied role, ideal for those who want a new challenge every day.  This is an agile/hybrid role with an expectation to visit our national offices on a monthly basis. This could be Edinburgh, London, Leeds and Preston  

For more information, please download our job profile available on our website.  

More about you  

You'll be educated to a graduate-level with a degree within a related specialism such as Business or Project Management, Humanities or Economics. An understanding of the skills and processes to run and effective business will set you apart. 

This is a new role within a growing team, the successful candidate will need to get stuck into every aspect of the role and be keen to thrive with new challenges and working on high profile workloads. 

You'll be a strong communicator and be able to get your thoughts, opinions and voice heard in the same way in person, on MS teams and in written communications.  The ability to work within a team is critical to success in the role with the new graduate being encouraged to offer their opinions and thoughts.  

The application process is designed to support you to showcase your personality, strong communicators and candidates who embody our SPIRIT values will be looked upon favourably. 


You'll join our Emerging Talent programme which brings together SPIRITed and talented individuals from across Places for People. The programme is designed to provide you with a wide range of skills, business insight and sector specific knowledge over two years.   You'll learn a lot and quickly, you'll get exposure to some of our senior leaders as well being connected to a business mentor to support you throughout. You'll be encouraged and empowered to flourish and thrive within a nurturing environment. Our ambition gives you all the challenge you could wish for and that's why we can offer you tangible and exciting career progression in a diverse ad pioneering environment. 

We are a large diverse and ambitious business, which will give you all the challenge you could wish for.  

We know that there's always more we can do to make you smile, that's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package with each role, yours will include:  

  • Competitive salary, with a salary review yearly   
  • Excellent holiday package – up to 35 days annual leave with the option to buy or sell leave  
  • Cashback plan for healthcare costs – up to £500 saving per year  
  • A bonus scheme for all colleagues at 2%  

What's next?  

Hopefully what you've read here has got you excited and wanting to apply. The first step of the application process should take around 20 minutes. You'll be asked to complete your personal details, academic history and provide us some additional supporting information about you. Don't worry you should know all of the answers. The next part of the application form is asking you to complete a few additional questions, these will ask you to consider your reason for applying, what you want out of the Emerging Talent programme and how you would address current societal issues. Take your time over these, your answers will be shared and may lead to additional questions throughout the application process.  

Finally, you'll be asked to upload a CV, this should include an overview of your work history so far, don't forget to include any volunteering you've done. You will need to make sure this includes all of your academic achievements, from GCSE to your most recent qualifications.  

Once we've been able to review your application and CV, successful candidates will be sent invites to complete a video interview.   This gives you the opportunity to give us more information and offer insight into the person behind the CV.  


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