bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, has welcomed a host of new recruits to its growing team.
John Whitwam has taken up the position of Head of Housing Solutions. John lives in Stirchley, Birmingham, with his wife and joins bdht from Warwick District Council, having previously worked as
Housing Advice and Allocations Manager.
John brings with him a wealth of experience in the housing sector and said: “I welcomed the opportunity to join bdht in order to understand more areas of housing. I sort of fell into housing as a career, as most people do, but found that I really enjoyed it when I became involved in local authority homelessness.
“I decided to do a Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) qualification to get a wider breadth of understanding and progress a career where I could really help to change people’s lives and improve communities. That’s one of the reasons that bdht appealed to me. It is community focused and genuinely cares about both its tenants and employees. It invests a lot into its staff and really does care about its workforce.”
The Trust has also just taken on its first ever apprentice, in the shape of 19-year-old Steph Weston, from Charford.
Steph previously worked in domiciliary care and jumped at the chance to take up the three-year post of Housing Apprentice, having previously been a bdht customer, receiving its vital help and support.
Steph explained: “I had previously been involved with bdht on a personal level and the teams that worked with me made a massive difference to my life. They really helped me through some tough times.
“When I saw the position advertised, I had to go for it and I was so happy to be offered it. Working at bdht is great; the atmosphere is amazing, the management is fantastic, it’s like one massive family. There are lots of social events and it’s a really good laugh, but if you’re interested in progressing, there are loads of opportunities and bdht does everything it can to help you.
“I’m really happy with my apprenticeship; I get to move around different departments and see every area of the business, learn loads and hopefully progress to a permanent job.”
bdht has welcomed James Parker, who has joined the Voids team as a Multi-skilled Tradesman.
James is from Redditch and decided to join the housing provider having previously been self-employed.
Speaking about his new role, James said: “People had told me what a great place bdht is to work. Being self-employed lacks job security and camaraderie, so it’s nice to have someone to look after you and care about your interests.
“Everyone here is really friendly. It’s quite strange for me to go from being completely on my own to being encouraged to spend time getting to know people and being told to take a break and have a cup of tea! bdht has realised that by keeping its staff happy, it gets the most out of them.”
New recruit Seranne Bridge, from Kingswinford, has joined the team as Senior Surveyor, from her previous role at Bromford Housing Group:
She said: “I wanted to join bdht because it has such great training and career progression opportunities. I have only been here for a matter of weeks and have already had lots of training opportunities. It’s also a community focused organisation and that’s important to me too.
“There’s a great atmosphere, with friendly people that genuinely care and are interested in you, rather than just what you do between 9am and 5pm.”
Not only is bdht Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, but also one of the town’s biggest employers. It was recently ranked in fifth place in the Sunday Times Best Not for Profit Companies to work for.
The rankings are decided by The Sunday Times and the poll, which looks at the best companies to work for across the UK, is based entirely on employee feedback in areas such as leadership, wellbeing, personal growth and how happy the workforce is. It also identifies how employees contribute to their company’s success and growth, which in turn sets a benchmark for other employers.
Mike Brown, Chief Executive of bdht, said: “We are pleased to welcome our new recruits to the ever expanding team here at bdht. We are proud to be one of the biggest and best employers in the area. We’re always pleased to be able to offer employment to local people.
“bdht has a strong focus on integrity in the workplace; it is a value-driven organisation where people want to work and are happy in their roles. One of the best things for me as a chief executive is that 99% of employees say they are proud to work for bdht. I hope that our new team members settle into their roles well and wish them every success for their futures here at bdht.”