Graduate Researcher – England

Graduate Researcher

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  

As part of our graduate programme, known internally as our Emerging Talent programme we are excited to recruit our Graduate Researcher.  As our Graduate Researcher within the Places Impact team, you'll undertake a key role in understanding our communities.  The start date for this role is 18th September which will include a week long induction in Leeds.  

The two-year program will support you to develop the core skills, behaviours and technical ability to develop into as a specialist researcher with Social Impact Experience.  

Places for People truly believes that community matters,  and we want to get to know ours.  The role of the Graduate Researcher will be to work with customers to hear, document and share their stories.  Understanding the history and heritage, personal profiles, and culture of our customer base. 

This is a  role that works closely with our Places Impact and Marketing Communications team and will facilitate the celebration of our customers, enable us to truly put them at the heart of what we do and understand the reasoning behind their decision making.  

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 that focuses on research methods including humanities, people geographies etc. 

This role is ideal for a “people” person, you'll be an inquisitive communicator and have the ability to put those around you at ease.   Being able to build professional relationships quickly to get the story and information needed.  

You'll recognise the value of difference, both in heritage, culture and history and treat all those around you will respect.  

Copywriting and strong written skills are highly desirable. 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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