Land Securities’ Community Employment Awards celebrate jobs and training achievements
2 October 2015
Land Securities has today named the winners of its annual Community Employment Awards which celebrate the training and workplace achievements of previously unemployed Londoners.
Kali Hagenstede, Lissania Charlton, and Yasin Alizadeh, were named Highest Achiever, 18-24 winner and 24+ winner respectively at today's ceremony which took place at Westminster Kingsway College in Victoria, the area which Land Securities is currently transforming through the delivery of new homes, shops and offices.
Land Securities launched its award-winning Community Employment Programme four years ago with the aim of narrowing the skills gap in property-related sectors such as construction, facilities management and hospitality. Together with partners from the public, private and third sectors, Land Securities ring-fences jobs and facilitates training for those furthest from the jobs market.
Since 2011, some 900 people in the communities where Land Securities operates have been trained, with 657 of those moving into sustainable employment with access to ongoing qualifications. The awards are a chance for Land Securities and its partners to champion some of these individuals and commend their commitment to securing and keeping a job in the face of significant obstacles.
This year's Highest Achiever, Kali Hagenstede was referred to the Land Securities' construction academy by The Prince's Trust. Despite having no prior experience he gained a CSCS card as well as several construction-related training certificates before undertaking a two week placement with Erith Contractors. He was offered a full-time position and, starting as a labourer, demonstrated considerable drive and commitment to become a trainee site manager. Building on this success, Kali has recently passed his NVQ Level 4 in construction site management.
Winner of the 18-24-year-old category, Lissania Charlton, was forced to drop out of her real estate course at university after being unable to find work to fund her studies. After eight months of unemployment, Lissania was referred to the London Apprenticeship Company. She soon successfully interviewed for a role with Office Concierge and is now a valued member of the team, receiving regular positive feedback from colleagues and clients alike.
Winner of the 24+ category, Yasin Alizadeh, also had to give up his place at university studying architecture as he did not have the funds to support himself. Yasin was referred to Circle Sports where he received customer service training, during which he became determined to pursue a career in security. Now working for Ultimate Security, Yasin's professionalism and leadership qualities resulted in him being named the company's employee of the year in 2014.
Colette O'Shea, Managing Director, London Portfolio at Land Securities, said:
"Today's awards are an inspiring reminder of the difference our Community Employment Programme makes, both to individuals looking for a career break and employers crying out for skilled workers. The programme has gone from strength to strength in the past twelve months, with the opening our first hospitality academy, the launch of a dry lining training centre at HMP Brixton, and being named Business in the Community's Work Inclusion Award winner. We look forward to working with more partners in the coming year and rolling out our programme across the wider Land Securities business."
Employment Minister Priti Patel said:
"Kali, Lissania and Yasin can be very proud of themselves. Land Securities offered them the chance to turn their lives around and they grabbed it with both hands. Jobseekers, especially young people, often tell me that they need work experience to get a job but sometimes find it difficult to get the right opportunities. That is why it is important for employers to think about how they can help people to get that first foot in the door. As a one nation government, we are ensuring that everyone who wants to work hard can make the most of the opportunities offered by our growing economy."
Tim Campbell, the Mayor of London's Ambassador for Training and Enterprise, also attended today's event, which was hosted by The Prince's Trust ambassador and TV presenter, Anna Williamson.