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Meet Malik Arish, 23, who is part way through a 16-week paid placement as Project Officer on our Communities and Regeneration Team, as part of the Get into Housing programme.  

Get into Housing is an initiative by housing associations including CCHA, Taff Housing, Cadwyn, Hafod, United Welsh, Linc Cymru and Wales and West Housing. The project aims to build a more diverse and inclusive workforce within the social housing sector, by offering training, mentoring and paid work experience to applicants from an ethnically diverse background. 

I found out about the programme from a friend who had seen it advertised in the local community. I had been in and out of work since 2021, and this sounded like the perfect opportunity to do something I already had an interest in. I had previously been working in the Hwb in Cardiff, working in the housing department and supporting people with their tenancies, managing housing waiting lists and allocations. When that contract ended in 2021, I worked in lots of different jobs including security, but really wanted to pursue a career in housing. Working in the Communities and Regeneration team at CCHA has been great so far, I’m enjoying the variety of the work, and everyone’s been really welcoming. I’ve even been able to join Afshan, the Project lead for Get into Housing, on a community engagement event in Cathays. My main aim at the end of this placement is to go on to secure a permanent job either in housing or working with young people.
Malik Arish

For more information and to apply for the Get into Housing programme, please visit 

Successful candidates receive invaluable experience, training, and access to employment opportunities with the long-term goal of gaining meaningful careers within, and outside, the housing sector. There will be opportunities across all housing associations, with placements available in finance, customer services and housing, community regeneration, development, and more.  

Eligible candidates must: 

  • Be unemployed 
  • Be aged 18 years or over 
  • Currently live in South Wales 
  • Have the right to work in the UK 
  • Identify as having an ethnically diverse background