Land Securities introduces young Londoners to property development
9 April 2015
We are committed to enhancing the future employment prospects of the young people who live around our developments. Accordingly, an important aspect of our London Portfolio CR programme involves the creation of educational and employment programmes, which are facilitated by our Development and Property teams.
On 1st April, the two teams of students involved in our educational programme 'Introduction to Property Development' went head to head to pitch their respective master plans for Nova in a Dragon’s Den style presentation. Both groups received high praise from the panel of judges who included 'Dragons' from Land Securities, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, PLP Architecture, and Mace Group. The judges eventually chose Westminster City School as the winners, awarding each winning pupil with an Amazon voucher.
The Introduction to Property Development Course was created in partnership with Construction Youth Trust. It was especially designed to give students from schools local to our Victoria developments a valuable insight into the work involved in property development and the different career options open to them.
Every fortnight for four months, 16 A-level students, from Westminster City School and Pimlico Academy have been meeting in separate groups with members of our London Property teams, who have volunteered their time to guide the students through the different areas of development including masterplanning, stakeholder engagement, finance and marketing.
“Before we started the course no one knew what property development was, now we’ve learnt a lot about finance, planning and what’s behind the construction work going on around us. There’s so much more to it than creating a building!”
(Raeesah Shah, Westminster City School)
“I took this course because I want to be an architect, it’s been really helpful because I’ve learnt about the different aspects that go into development and that’s really important to know for an architect when they start designing. Also, the presentations that we’ve had from an architect have made me more aware of what they go through.”
(Ruhel Ahmed, Pimlico Academy)
Click here| to watch Ruhel reflect on his experience of the course.