Moda Living launches bespoke mentoring programme

Ahead of International Women’s Day, Moda launches a mentoring programme to educate and inspire young talent about built environment sector careers.

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Marking International Women’s Day 2024, Moda Living has launched a new bespoke mentoring programme designed to educate and inspire young talent around career opportunities in the built environment. During the next five years, the programme will provide over 50 students from disadvantaged backgrounds with the opportunity to learn and adopt essential skills and experience.

Working with Pathways to Property, Moda will welcome female identifying mentees aged 17 to 18 from a range of backgrounds to the programme. Moda will work with partners including investor Harrison Street and contractor John Sisk & Son to offer insights into roles spanning a wide range of the built environment sector.

Moda marked the launch of the new mentoring scheme with a new video, ‘We Made it Possible’, featuring women in different roles and career stages from both businesses sharing insights and stories from their careers. The video highlights the importance of the work that the women do individually and as part of their wider teams, which all come together on a final scale to produce outstanding living products across the UK.

“At Moda, our team is 40% female and growing, and it is essential to us to build on and maintain that balance for the business to be the best it can be. This International Women’s Day we are so proud to be launching a mentoring programme to help more young women prepare for the professional world and give them a taste of the many fantastic career paths that are on offer to them in the built environment, and to share our new video showcasing just a few of the amazing women working across our delivery pipeline. This is just one puzzle piece in our mission to evolve the diversity of the sector. It is crucial to open the industry up to people of all ages, backgrounds and communities, so it is paramount that we work as individual businesses and as an industry to keep creating new opportunities for individuals which will in turn greatly benefit everyone in the long term.”

Tarry Depledge, ESG Manager, Moda Living

Students taking part in the programme will also be offered at least two full days of shadowing their mentor in person, to give them hands on experience of working in the sector and of being in a professional environment.

The programme will support the students in development of professional skills such as CV writing, leadership, communication and more, alongside providing them with hands on experience in the rental living and investment sectors – to build a picture of what sort of career the built environment could offer.

“This is a fantastic initiative, offering one-to-one mentoring with some of the best in the business to help pave their way into professional careers, educate them about what paths are open to them and encourage progress and confidence as they start to think about their first steps in the adult world. What better way to mark International Women’s Day than to throw open the doors and welcome in the next generation of talent?”

Tom Woolmer, Pathways to Property

As the programme progresses, Moda will continue to open the mentoring scheme up to students from an increasingly wide range of backgrounds and communities. The first intake of ten mentees has already been confirmed, with mentoring sessions on track to begin in the coming weeks.

The scheme will form a key strand of Moda’s bespoke inhouse training programme – Moda Training Academy – for new and existing team members. Launched in 2023, the Academy inspires new talent and upskills existing team members as part of Moda’s commitment to evolving and supporting its people across the UK.

“We believe diversity is an important component in creating innovative, successful businesses. Inclusion ensures an environment where those people have the confidence and space to develop and communicate their unique perspective. This type of programme can help open the door for a wider pool of talent and encourage women not only to pursue a career in real estate but to make their voices heard.”

Rose Newton, Harrison Street