Land Securities Employment Awards 2014
13 October 2014
Three previously unemployed Londoners have taken top prizes at Land Securities third annual Employment Strategy Awards, held at City Hall on Friday afternoon.
Winners Carlene Brooks, Jerome Campbell and Denis Denisov have each overcome a series of challenges to secure and retain permanent jobs in construction and property related sectors.
This year’s Highest Achiever, Carlene Brooks, 29, went through a long period of unemployment before starting pre-employment construction training at Tower Hamlets College in which she excelled. She is now working as a scaffolder at the top of 177m high 20 Fenchurch Street, on its unique Sky Garden. She has worked hard to shine in the male-dominated construction industry, setting an example to other women who think that construction is not for them.
Winner of the 18-24-year-old category, Denis Denisov, 22, struggled to find work when he first moved to London but showed courage and commitment to land a trainee role in the Land Securities Office Services Team.
Winner of the 24+ category, Jerome Campbell, 31, began his construction training with no previous experience but his ‘can do’ attitude helped him secure employment on a construction site in the £2 billion redevelopment of Victoria.
Colette O’Shea, Managing Director, London Portfolio at Land Securities, said:
“Today’s event was an inspiring reminder of everything our Employment Strategy has achieved to date, from building buildings to changing lives. We launched the strategy aiming to open up routes into construction careers for Londoners, and with the sector enjoying such growth three years on, our mission is as relevant as ever. I’d especially like to extend thanks to all of our partners, who help make our vision to shape the future for good a reality.”
Reported from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson:
“This is a fantastic time to start work in the construction sector and my congratulations go to the hugely deserving winners of the Land Securities awards. Their achievements mark them out as people who will have a very successful future in the industry, and I hope they will inspire many more Londoners to consider employment in an industry that needs thousands of new workers to keep pace with demand”.
Esther McVey, Employment Minister:
“Our young people are some of the best and most talented in the world - they are driven, entrepreneurial and innovative. Carlene, Dennis, and Jerome can be very proud of themselves and their award. They were offered a chance to turn their lives around and grabbed it with both hands.
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