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  • European student in work experience exchange at housing group

    A young German exchange student is getting a taste of working in the UK with the help of Bradford-based Incommunities.

    Jana Anthes (20) from Cuxhaven in Northern Germany is taking part in a three-week traineeship with the housing group, supported by the European funded ERASMUS student exchange programme.

    Jana is in the final week of her placement which has included gaining experience with the group’s construction training team, logistics and repairs, marketing, HR and administration.

    She also met recruits onto Incommunities’ GEM programme which is designed to train future housing leaders for the sector. Currently, 23 young people from across the UK and Canada are on the latest GEM programme.

    The work placement forms part of Jana’s traineeship with a large manufacturer in Germany.

    It was organised as part of a training partnership between Beacon Recruitment and Placement Services – part of Bradford College – and Incommunities which offers regular placement opportunities in construction for local college students.

    Jana said: “I’m really enjoying my time with Incommunities and everyone is so friendly.

    “I thought they just provided housing but I’ve learnt that they do so much more. They provide a range of other services to change people’s lives, such as helping people into work.”

    Incommunities Group Chief Executive, Geraldine Howley, said: “It’s been great to welcome Jana to the organisation and show her the varied and exciting work taking place at Incommunities. Everyone is really enjoying sharing their work.

    “Jana has also been given a real insight into our GEM programme and how it’s helping young people build exciting careers in housing.”

    “Hopefully, this placement will help Jana take another step in building her experience and career aspirations.”