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Land Securities hosts second annual London Employment Strategy Awards

Land Securities hosts second annual London Employment Strategy Awards

27 September 2013

On Friday 20 September, we celebrated the second year of the Land Securities’ London Employment Strategy with an Awards Ceremony hosted by Prince’s Trust Ambassador and TV Presenter Anna Williamson at the OXO Tower.

Our London Employment Strategy has already positively impacted 600 unemployed Londoners on the path to careers in construction, retail and facilities management with 215 disadvantaged unemployed people securing employment.

The Strategy is designed to address London’s specific employment needs, including meeting the skills gap in glass and steel construction through, ensuring the capital has a skilled workforce who will build its most iconic buildings.

Six people were singled out for their outstanding achievements. The nominations for the awards were proposed by contractors and service providers who have provided employment to candidates.

Our overall highest achiever award was presented by Alison Carnwath, Land Securities Chairman. The winner, Peter Newman, who has been employed by PC Harrington for two years won the award. Peter said “Taking part in the Employment Programme helped me learn the basic skills I needed to get on site and after completing my NVQ Level 2 in Site Logistics, I found work at 20 Fenchurch Street. Two years later and I’m more motivated than ever.”

The event also signaled the next phase of the Employment Strategy in London with the announcement of a new ‘Sector Based Work Academy in partnership with Jobcentreplus and 2 local colleges – The City of Westminster College and Tower Hamlets College. The academy will provide new jobs for 250 disadvantaged people.

The successful event was concluded with a performance from George the Poet. George, a spoken word performer from North West London, composed a poem specifically for the London Employment Strategy after seeing first- hand the excellent work our Employment Strategy is doing. To view the full poem click here|

George the Poet said “My poem ‘Construction’ asks society and employers to give people a chance so they can construct a future for themselves, so it’s great to be at today’s Employment Strategy Awards and hear the individual stories which prove this is true.”

Two key speakers of the event included:

John-Paul Marks – Work Services Director for Jobcentreplus in London and the Home Counties commented “We are delighted to partner with Land Securities to help the long term unemployed get the skills they need to become work-ready and secure sustainable jobs with access to ongoing qualifications. It is clear from the success stories we’ve heard today that the Land Securities’ Employment Strategy is already working, so we’re proud to be taking a lead role in it. I am thrilled for all of today’s nominees and winners – congratulations.”

Colette O’Shea Head of Development for Land Securities London portfolio remarked “We’re incredibly proud of the success of our Employment Strategy and these Awards are a fantastic opportunity to hear the stories behind the statistics. I’d like to thank all of our partners for their continued support, and pass on my congratulations to today’s nominees. Thanks to the commitment of everyone involved, we can truly say that the next generation of Londoners is building our future London.”

Overall list of winners:

Highest Achiever Award

Peter Newman employed by PC Harrington’s

18 – 24 Age Group – joint winners

Francesca Maffey employed by Ruddy

Miguel Mckinson employed by Higgins Construction

Highly Commended went to Paul Reilly employed by Keltbray

24 plus Age Group

Reuben Dow – employed by Alandale Group

Highly Commended went to Alexander Blyakhov employed by Munnellys

 

For more information please contact debbie.akehurst@landsecurities.com|