Our Graduate Development Programme, which is now in its seventh year, is part of our growing programme of initiatives to promote early talent across the business, which also includes placements, degree apprenticeships and engaging with schools.
This year’s graduates will each follow a bespoke and tailored route through our business, and will take part in several development modules, designed to support personal development in the early part of their career.
Our graduates also receive a comprehensive range of employee benefits and learning and development opportunities.
Rod Pearson, Head of People, said: “It’s an exciting time for young people to join the industry with customer needs, regulations, design and methods of construction evolving at pace. In particular, our own approach to sustainability and technology is undergoing dramatic transformation, offering fantastic opportunities for our teams.
“At Cala, our goal is to cultivate early talent in a strategic way, developing our talent pool with a long-term view that will benefit our business and the young people we engage with, while championing the industry overall as an exciting career option.
“A key focus is on ensuring we deliver an outstanding experience for those who join our team - whether for a short placement, a longer internship or as a first step on the career ladder.
This year’s graduates include: Yongshun Li (Jack Li), Shemim Ghannad and Ciara Fagan who will all be joining our Group team; Jacob Barnes (land team) and Aislin McGowan who will be joining our team in our Cotswolds region; Kyla Farman who will be joining our South Homes Counties region; Euan Kinross who will be joining the commercial team in the West of Scotland region; Laura Pavlo who joins the programme from our land team in the South Home Counties region and Nikki Moorehouse who joins the sustainability team.
Ciara Fagan, who joins our sales and transformation team, will play a key role in change projects and new technology across the business. She said: “The Cala culture is about trust, integrity and balance. From the very beginning I have been welcomed, encouraged to achieve my full potential and given space to get the work done.
“It’s very special to come into a job where you know everyone is acting in the best interests of each other and the company, but especially that everyone is willing to and wants to help you with the start of your career.”
One of our graduate programme success stories is Michael Clements, who is now a Land Manager. Michael said: “I started my Cala career in 2017 after university and on completion of the graduate programme, I moved into a Land Buyer role in the west of Scotland team.
“I would highly recommend Cala’s graduate programme to those looking to make a first step into the workplace. It is a great opportunity to kickstart your career, and to continue your learning alongside the practicality of the working world. Whilst university prepares you for working towards deadlines, the graduate programme changes your perspective and teaches you how best to operate within a team.”
For more information on the programme, visit our Early Talent page.