Early careers programme

We are passionate about investing in new talent through our Early Careers Programme.

The Early Careers Programme draws together all the different strands of, graduate and trainee programmes, apprenticeships, work experience and placement opportunities provided by the Housing Executive.

If you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship with NIHE you can register via our online portal GetGot™ Portal – Ireland, Northern Ireland and UK jobs, recruitment and careers, the best site for NI jobs (getgotjobs.co.uk) to receive email alerts when apprenticeships are advertised. 

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We look for graduates, trainees, apprentices and placement students of the highest calibre who are skilled, ambitious and motivated, who share our values, and who have the potential to take on challenging responsibilities and make a significant contribution to the business.

We have a long established track record in providing opportunities for excellent career development, as well as personal growth through on the job training, further education, coaching and mentoring.

We work in partnership with local schools, colleges, universities and training providers to maximise apprenticeship, work placement, graduate and trainee opportunities and advertise opportunities widely through various recruitment channels including local and province-wide press, on-line and the job centre.  

Find out more about each of the strands of our early careers programme:

We run apprenticeship programmes in various departments across the Housing Executive. These include opportunities at a variety of levels, and include opportunities aimed both at school leavers, as well as higher level apprenticeships for graduates.

These roles typically consist of a period of 2-4 years part-time training in a local college or university (paid for by the Housing Executive) alongside employment with the Housing Executive, and support from senior staff and in-house mentors.

Some of the job areas where we have or will take on apprentices include:

  • Electrical
  • IT
  • Human Resources Administration
  • Legal Administration
  • Neighbourhood Warden
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Asset Management
  • Accountancy
  • Audit

Trainees will undertake appropriate relevant part-time study related to the particular area of business which they have been assigned.  We recognise that entering the workforce can be daunting and a steep learning curve so we offer great support with a mentoring system including coaching and training in both management skills and personal development.  Each Trainee will be required to complete an external professional qualification alongside their internal training programme.  The cost of this will be met by the Housing Executive.

While salaries may differ slightly depending on the role, these opportunities typically have a starting salary of around £17,700.  After 2 – 3 years, on completion of the training programme, trainees progress to a salary scale of roughly £22,700 - £28,000 or £27,000 - £33,400 depending on the role.

Some of the job areas where we have or will take on Graduates Trainees include:

  • IT
  • Human Resources
  • Housing Services
  • GEM Programme
  • Asset Management
  • Procurement
  • Accountancy
  • Audit

Year-out and summer placements are an excellent way to gain industry experience and find out what a career in the Housing Executive is all about.

We offer undergraduates the opportunity to spend a year or a summer with us assisting a number of our teams.

Our students benefit from skills development, personal growth and a vastly increased knowledge of the working environment and career options.

To express an interest in a placement opportunity, or to find out more, email hr.adminteam@nihe.gov.uk

The Housing Executive works with local schools and colleges to provide work experience opportunities because we recognise that this provides an invaluable experience at an early age to assist with education and career choices. We can offer work experience in all areas of the business.

To express an interest in a placement opportunity, or to find out more, email hr.adminteam@nihe.gov.uk

Meet the trainees

A significant number of staff within the Housing Executive started out in a trainee programme of some sort, and many of them have progressed to more senior roles following their training.

About the Housing Executive

Established over 45 years ago, the Housing Executive is the strategic housing authority for Northern Ireland. We are the UK’s largest social housing landlord maintaining some 86,000 homes. Our goal is to ensure that everyone in Northern Ireland has access to a good affordable home in a safe and healthy community.  

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Values & Culture

Our vision is one in which housing plays its part in creating a peaceful, inclusive, prosperous and fair society. You will be part of an organisation where all staff have the opportunity to make a difference in our community through fairness, passion and expertise.

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Current opportunities

You can view all of the current job opportunities across the Housing Executive, including any currently advertised as part of the early careers programme, in our section on:

Training & development