Stuart was recruited in 2017 and has recently completed the graduate development programme. His role includes identifying sites, undertaking site appraisals, carrying out financial appraisals and assisting with the acquisition process; working closely with the technical and design teams, together with external consultants, has given him a thorough introduction to the commercial aspects of working in the property industry.
Training and development on the programme were tailored specifically to Stuart’s requirements and combined formal training, on-the-job development, quarterly formal individual performance reviews supported by regular informal feedback, and annual appraisals.
What Stuart says “Being thrown in at the deep end is certainly the case at Goldcrest. From day one I have been exposed to pretty much every aspect of the business and every day I come across different challenges and opportunities. The learning curve is steep and shows no sign of levelling out, this paired with the excellent training has enabled me to develop at a quick pace, which has led to a promotion at the end of the graduate scheme. During the final 6 months of the Graduate Programme I was specifically tasked with building relationships with Housing Associations and exploring different ways Goldcrest can add value through the acquisition, planning and construction phases of development. This is an area I am particularly excited about as it is providing Goldcrest with real opportunities to create lasting partnerships across the Affordable Housing industry, enabling us to play a leading role in the development of vibrant new neighbourhoods where people want to live.