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Callie Foreman – Graduate Case Study

After graduating from Durham University with a degree in History, Callie spent a year volunteering with a charity for homeless young people.

Following her time there she wanted to start her career with a socially minded organisation while also being able to develop her commercial awareness.

“Sanctuary’s Graduate Development Programme was the perfect fit,” Callie said. “What really made the scheme stand out for me was the opportunity to spend time in four completely different areas of the business – a totally unique offering – and the investment in my learning and development that Sanctuary provides.”

The first of those placements was in the Community Investment team, visiting neighbourhoods across the country looking at how Sanctuary’s work in communities positively impacts tenants.

Callie said: “Throughout my placement I had the freedom to get involved in new pieces of work that interested me, such as looking at the measurement of social return on investment and working with the design team to produce new promotional material for our projects.

“The freedom to do this, coupled with the autonomy I was given by my manager to define the scope of my project and the project plan, led to an amazing breadth of work.”

Callie’s second placement is with the IS projects team where she has been given the opportunity to learn more widely about the future of technology.

She said: “I have been given a huge level of responsibility and trust, and have helped to lead on the business engagement for our new technology strategy.

“This has involved speaking to over 25 different business areas about their current state and how they would like technology to transform the way they work over the next five years.”

Callie, who has now started her third placement with the Maintenance team, continued: “This placement has been a unique and exciting opportunity to view technology in the Group from a strategic perspective, seeing how multiple projects tie-in together to work towards the same objective.”