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Housing Graduate

Hightown Housing Association
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Closing date
19 May 2024

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Graduate / student
Full Time
Organisation Type
Housing association / RP

Job Details

Hightown is a registered housing provider with charitable status, and we build homes and support people. We have big ambitions and are doing our part to help tackle the Housing Crisis by building as many homes as we can.


  • Manage over 8,000 homes,
  • Have an annual turnover of £126 million,
  • Operate 93 care and support services, supporting over 776 service users.
  • Have over 1,000 dedicated full and part time staff.

We offer a graduate training scheme, which is a fantastic opportunity to join Hightown and gain experience in the housing sector.

We`re looking for individuals who have the right values, behaviours, and attitudes to be the difference which are:

  • Putting our residents and service users first
  • Treating people with respect, promoting independence and choice
  • Developing passionate and committed teams
  • Being cost effective without compromising standards or safety

If you share our values, we`d love to hear from you.

About the role

You`ll receive an effective grounding in a charitable housing association through a two-year intensive programme. It is designed to give you a broad and diverse experience of how Hightown works and how you can contribute to the delivery of our vision and values.

From day one, you`ll enjoy an incredibly varied learning experience by working with experts across many disciplines on a number of different placements including housing, homeownership, asset management, project management and customer service. You`ll experience Hightown hands-on and you`ll be given the responsibility to take ownership of real projects which will make a difference.

Hear from our graduates and view case studies here

This is two-year graduate program, which will be expected to complete in its entirety. 

We offer support to obtain a Professional Qualification (Chartered Institute of Housing, more details here)

Who we are looking for

We`re looking for someone who:

  • Can demonstrate enthusiasm and a `can do` attitude
  • Has good verbal and numerical reasoning
  • Has excellent communication and report writing skills
  • Is able to demonstrate good time management and the ability to prioritise workload
  • Is a car driver and has access to a vehicle

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who has recently left university or who is due to graduate in Summer 2024 and is seeking a career where you can make a real difference.

The benefits

In return for your hard work and commitment, we offer a considerable benefits package which includes:

  • Generous annual leave allowance of 33 days per year, including statutory bank holidays, rising to 34 days with appropriate service
  • Ongoing professional development and support to deliver outstanding services
  • Regular support from your line manager, designated mentor and colleagues
  • Annual bonus based on satisfactory performance
  • Monthly attendance bonus on top of your basic salary
  • Commitment to health and wellbeing with the Five Ways to Wellbeing
  • Workplace pension scheme and life assurance of three times your annual salary
  • Employee assistance helpline
  • Mileage covered for work related car travel
  • Well-equipped on-site gym

Hybrid working

All candidates must be able to commute to our Head Office in Hemel Hempstead.

We also operate a hybrid working arrangement where employees can work from home up to two days per week after training and subject to the needs of the business.

The Recruitment Process 

Deadline for applications: 5th July 2024. We shall be doing video screening call throughout the advertising period.

The Assessment Centre: 23rd July 2024 at our Head Office in Hemel Hempstead for all shortlisted candidates.

We anticipate that our new Graduates will be onboarded in September 2024.

All successful applicants will need to undertake an Enhanced DBS as part of the reference check process.

We are an Equal Opportunities & Disability Confident Employer


Hightown is a charitable housing association transforming thousands of lives every year.

We do this by building hundreds of much needed new homes and providing care and supported housing services for a wide range of people. We have high ambitions, a principled approach and a dependable, flexible team that delivers.

We are a charitable association aiming to help people who cannot afford to buy or rent housing at market values. 
We currently manage over 7,000 homes (principally in Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire) and employ over 1,000 full and part time staff. We have an annual turnover of £90 million and a development programme that will deliver around 450 new affordable homes each year.


Building homes. Supporting people.


  • Put residents and service users first.
  • Treat people with respect
  • Be cost effective
  • Don't compromise standards or safety
  • Develop passionate and committed teams


Hightown’s aim is to provide as many homes as we can at below market rates and a wide range of housing and support for people who are vulnerable and/or disabled. Hightown’s history over more than 50 years shows our continuing focus on our strong social purpose.

We are rated highly for financial and operational performance; and have a high grading from the Regulator of Social Housing.
Hightown is committed to retaining its distinctiveness and its reputation for making projects happen which demonstrate Hightown’s values and contribution to society.

We believe that, by developing decent homes and supporting individuals to live with confidence, independence and choice, our work delivers a tangible positive impact for local communities

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01442 292309
Hightown House
Maylands Avenue
Hemel Hempstead
Hemel Hempstead
United Kingdom

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