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Land Securities hosts London team community day in Victoria

Land Securities hosts London team community day in Victoria

23 May 2014

As part of our Education Programme, an 80 strong team of Land Securities volunteers spent a day with the sixth form students of Westminster City School which is based in the heart of our Victoria developments. The team worked with over 80 A-Level students facilitating a range of exciting activities.

Students were able to gain an insight into a range of careers and the business world at a crucial time as they prepare to leave school into the world of work and university. A vibrant careers fair took place in the school hall and every student had 1-2-1 employability guidance, CV development and a mock interview. This was a great way for Land Securities to showcase careers in property and develop new talent from a diverse background into our industry.

Another dimension to the day was groups of students visiting our Victoria Pavilion to see our architectural models and presentations about the regeneration of Victoria. This was topped off with visits to the roof of Portland House to look down on the NOVA construction site which provoked some lively discussions. One volunteer commented that the best part of the day was “engaging with the students about the regeneration of Victoria and hearing a different perspective.”

We were supported on the day by University College London and two of our partners and tenants in Victoria – EDF Trading and AT&T. Both companies have existing programmes of support in place for Westminster City School. Looking forward the companies are collaborating with us to put in place a mentoring programme for the students.

Click here| to watch a film from the day.

Chris Rees, Head of Sixth Form, Westminster City School, said:

The insight the students got, not just from the careers fair and the interview, but from working with local employers and learning about their local community is invaluable to them”.

Guv Sehmbi, ICT Teacher & 6th Form Tutor, Westminster City School, said:

“This was an incredibly beneficial day for the students; they were able to see the amount of work that an organisation like Land Securities goes through in order to construct their buildings throughout London. I also felt that a number of perceptions in regards to property development were changed over the course of the day; we had students who had never considered a career in the field seriously considering becoming project managers!”

Jacob Howe, Head Boy, Westminster City School, said:

“I'd like to say a big thank you to all the members of Land Securities that were involved in the day. There was a real positive atmosphere at the School and they were so approachable and friendly to all of us. The day was beneficial to me personally, especially with the mock interviews. Overall, it was very enjoyable, well structured and organised, and I would definitely look forward to a day like that in the future.”