Many young people face significant barriers that may prevent them from accessing jobs in our industry, especially those not in education, employment or training. Our education programmes:
- inspire young people about roles in construction, property development and retail
- enable social mobility by giving opportunities to local young people
- allow our employees and our partners to volunteer their skills and energy to provide young people with the skills they need to succeed
By encouraging more students from different backgrounds into our industry we are more diverse and successful as a business, and more representative of the local communities where we operate.
What we’ve achieved
Since April 2017 we’ve worked with over 800 students between the ages of 12 and 18, focusing on schools with a greater proportion of students receiving free school meals. We’ve built on our existing work with new initiatives and employee volunteering, and grown our collaboration with Ahead Partnership, a social enterprise connecting communities with local businesses across the UK.
The feedback from the young people has been overwhelmingly positive; students have improved their speaking and listening skills, their understanding of business has grown markedly in confidence through the exciting and challenging projects that Landsec has sponsored."
CEO, Ahead Partnership
Our programmes include:
- Trinity Kitchen Challenge, Made in Oxford and Made in Portsmouth: enterprise challenges set against the backdrop of Trinity Leeds, Westgate Oxford and Gunwharf Quays;
- Introduction to Property Development: a course run with Construction Youth Trust at local schools and colleges in Westminster;
- School mentoring: our volunteers have spent time with students in London, Leeds and across the UK helping them with careers advice and interview practice;
Students taking part in our programme at White Rose, Leeds
Students taking part in our Trinity Kitchen Challenge in Leeds
We also partnered with AT&T, one of our customers in Victoria, to run a STEM-focused Girls Day for students from Westminster City School, where they learnt about our work in sustainability, engineering and technology.
Girls Can Do It
Our Girls Can Do It programme showcases exciting opportunities in the property and construction industries to Year 8 students. In our most recent programme, we worked with girls’ schools in Tulse Hill and Camden.
Students were challenged to design and build a model of a new property development. With support from Landsec volunteers and our partners Keltbray and JLL, we inspired students to think about everything from marketing and finance to sustainability, creating innovative concepts for developments which they pitched to a panel of experts.