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Land Securities honours young builders building the capital

Land Securities honours young builders building the capital

18 September 2012

Unemployed Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds are being helped into jobs through an innovative scheme on Land Securities sites.

We celebrated the first year of the Land Securities Employment Programme which to date has secured jobs for 79 unemployed youth, with an Awards Ceremony at the OXO Tower on 7 September 2012. Four young people were singled out for their outstanding achievements on-site. The nominations for the awards were proposed by contractors who had given employment to candidates encompassing three age categories including 18-20, 21-24 and 25+ with one overall highest achiever, Israel Harriott from Tower Hamlets. (Click to see full image of the winners|)

This programme works in conjunction with the Strategy, which was unveiled in September 2011, offering training opportunities to work on site across the London Development Portfolio. The programme works with a network of partners including Mace, Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (Greater London Authority), Canary Wharf Group, Job Centre Plus, The London Probation Trust, the City of London Corporation, Westminster City Council and major UK contractors who have supported the strategy in its first year by setting aside job opportunities, National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and apprenticeships across a range of construction-based disciplines.

Two key speakers of the event included;

Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, GLA commented "This scheme is an outstanding example of using training and employment to draw people away from a life of crime and back into society."

Colette O'Shea Head of Development for Land Securities London Portfolio remarks "By bringing together a network of partners, we have been able to unlock jobs in construction at our sites across the Capital for Londoners who have previously struggled to get a foothold on the jobs ladder. I'm thrilled with the success of our Employment Strategy in its inaugural year."

Overall the event was a success with the nominee's recognised and winners honoured for their hard work, dedication and positive attitude towards change over the year. The program continues on site at 20 Fenchurch Street, the latest skyscraper addition to the city's skyline in conjunction with JV partners Canary Wharf Group.

For further information on training, skills and employment please contact - debbie.akehurst@landsecurities.com|