We support disadvantaged people by providing training, work placements and a direct route into a job.
Our commitment: Help a total of 1,200 disadvantaged people secure jobs by 2020.
Progress: Since 2011, we’ve helped 962 people into work.
We help candidates find work in construction, on our sites and with our partners, and we help people into customer service roles at our office properties and shopping centres. To achieve this we partner with other organisations, such as local authorities, charities and specialist training providers. By doing this we boost local economies, strengthen our workforce, and enhance our reputation.
What we’ve achieved through our Community Employment Programme
Our Community Employment Programme is a package of employment initiatives involving training providers, charities and partners from our supply chain. It targets those furthest from the job market, including homeless people, the long-term unemployed, ex-offenders and serving prisoners. The programme plays an important role in the planning process of new developments and beyond: it shows local authorities how our work can benefit an area, and it enables us to take an active role in enhancing local prosperity and influencing policy. In 2016-17, 183 people found work through the programme. We’re now offering more opportunities in customer service through our shopping centres too – a reflection of our strategic shift away from development activity towards more asset management.
Bouncing back into employment
Knowing that it costs the taxpayer more than £50,000 a year to keep someone in prison and £26,000 to keep them on benefits, we looked for ways to support prisoners and ex-offenders. Working with charity and social enterprise Bounce Back, we’d already launched a dry lining training centre in HMP Brixton in 2015 – the first in the UK. In 2016, we worked with Alandale Scaffolding to launch a scaffolding training centre in the prison – another UK first. The centre tackles the need for scaffolding recruits in our industry, and is helping address reoffending rates. In Bounce Back’s most recent impact report, the reoffending rate of people who had been through its programmes was less than 12% compared with a national average of 50%.
Landsec, like the Ministry of Justice, see prisoners as potential assets, people who can contribute to society and give something back… It is only through better rehabilitation that we will reduce reoffending, cut crime and make our streets safer. Employers and trainers like Landsec are absolutely vital to this work."
MP, then Prisons Minister, Ministry of Justice
Our community employment awards
To celebrate five successful years of our Community Employment Programme we held our Community Employment Awards. The event recognised people who, by taking part in our programme, have overcome obstacles to find jobs and do them well.