Construction recruitment specialist Potensis is proud of its association with a housebuilder client that is the top name in the housebuilding industry on a national, graduate-voted listing of the best businesses to work for.
The Job Crowd’s 2018 list of best businesses for graduates to work for ranked Countryside in the top 50, making it the best-rated housebuilder. At number 43 in the 2018 list, the company outranks Crest Nicholson (57th), Croudace Homes (68th), Barratt Homes (93rd) and Berkeley Group (98th).
The Job Crowd is a platform described by some as the “TripAdvisor for jobs” and it offers a diverse range of services and products such as tips for job applications and interviews for students to benchmark reports for employers.
Steven Kirkpatrick, CEO of Potensis, welcomes the campaign and is proud that his client has outperforms its peers. He says: “It’s vital the industry continues to attract young talent, graduate programmes are excellent vehicles to help bridge the skill gap. Helping Countryside source skilful future talent is quite a responsibility and one that we are delighted to share with them. Our society’s ‘right now’ culture often drives questionable behaviour, so building for the future and building careers all at once is exciting and rewarding for everyone.”
Liam d’Unienville, a graduate who will shortly be completing his Graduate Programme at Countryside, says of the housebuilder: “One of the most appealing things about the Countryside graduate scheme was the flexibility to experience different departments. This helped enormously as, going into the job, I wasn’t sure in which aspect of housebuilding or construction I was most interested.”
Victoria Deal, group recruitment business partner for Countryside, says of the shares of her company’s approach to career development: “At Countryside, we’re extremely proud of our graduate programme. The scheme first began in 1980, with Countryside Partnerships South CEO Graham Cherry being the first graduate to enter the programme.
“Since then, we have worked hard to develop a comprehensive graduate programme. We recognise that choosing a new career can be difficult, so we offer applicants as much industry experience as possible during our two-year scheme. Our goal is for each graduate to experience all parts of the business, completing a number of rotations through each of our different divisions. At the end of the programme, our graduates can choose a role that best suits them.”
Countryside has launched an additional graduate programme across their Northern & Midlands regions, in partnership with Potensis Recruitment, which aims to select graduates who would be suitable for careers in land, sales, site and commercial sectors.