Community employment

We support people furthest from the job market 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 1,095 people into work.

We help people find employment with our partners, in construction roles on our sites as well as in 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, and strengthen our workforce, and that of our partners.

What we’ve achieved through our Community Employment Programme

Our Community Employment Programme is a suite of employment initiatives involving training providers, charities and partners from our customers and supply chain. It targets those furthest from the job market, including homeless people, the long-term unemployed, veterans, 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. Since April 2017, we have supported 133 people back into employment through the programme. We’re now offering more opportunities in customer service across our London business and our shopping centres too – a reflection of our strategic shift away from less development activity towards more asset management.

Community Employement

Helping those inside make it outside

Knowing that it costs the taxpayer more than £40,000 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.

We started by working with charity and social enterprise Bounce Back in 2015 (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. Both training centres address the need to fill skills shortages in our industry, in addition to reducing reoffending rates.

Most recently we have started to work with The Right Course, a charity started by Fred Sirieix, which helps prisoners develop their hospitality and customer service skills, so they have the knowledge and confidence to find work once they have been released. Since April 2017 Bounce Back and The Right Course have returned 13 people into work. Through their most recent impact reports, 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."

Sam Gyimah

MP, then Prisons Minister, Ministry of Justice

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HMP Brixton scaffolding training centre

Our Community Employment Awards

To celebrate helping over 1,000 people into employment through our Community Employment Programme, we held our Community Employment Awards attended by charity partners, industry stakeholders and government minister, Caroline Dinenage MP. The event celebrated people who have overcome obstacles to successfully enter sustained employment.

Landsec’s approach to working with charities, authorities and others to offer people from disadvantaged backgrounds work experience and job opportunities, is making a real difference and I urge other employers to get involved and do the same."

Caroline Dinenage

MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance

Our community employment awards

Supporting the Armed Forces community

We are a member of the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant and a Silver Award winner as part of their Employer Recognition Scheme. We actively support the Armed Forces community through awareness events, fundraising for the Poppy Appeal across our sites and employment opportunities through our supply chain.

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Army cadets at Freeport, Braintree