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The Sky’s the Limit for Out-of-Work Londoners at New Skyscraper

The Sky’s the Limit for Out-of-Work Londoners at New Skyscraper

11 April 2012

Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group plc, the joint venture partners behind London’s newest 37-storey skyscraper being built at 20 Fenchurch Street, have opened an innovative new Employment Hub for out-of-work Londoners at the construction site.

As Office of National Statistics figures show that the unemployment rate in London is at 10% , the innovative Employment Hub will open its doors at 20 Fenchurch Street. It will draw together staff from across the employment spectrum, offering local people a unique one-stop-shop for immediate advice on jobs and training opportunities at construction projects across London.

The Employment Hub is the latest initiative from joint venture partners Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities. Partners including Job Centre Plus and Skillsmatch will help the long-term unemployed and young people gain the skills they need to become work-ready and secure sustainable jobs with access to ongoing qualifications. Local businesses will also be able to access support services and information on procurement opportunities thanks to partners including East London Business Place. The City of London Corporation is also supporting the initiative as part of its broader commitment to ensuring access to employment and training in the City for residents of neighbouring boroughs.

Since the inception of Land Securities’ Employment Strategy announced in September last year, partners across the public and private sectors have helped 73 local people into employment. Peter Newman, 23, was unemployed for two years before joining The Prince’s Trust Get into Construction course, Peter has now secured employment with PC Harrington at 20 Fenchurch Street.

Peter Newman said: "Before I started the course I did not have enough money to do things that my friends with jobs were doing. Taking part helped me learn the basic skills I needed to get on site and I went on to achieve an NVQ Level 2 in Site Logistics. Now I have a job I'm able to do things I have always wanted to do, like go on holiday. The programme gave me the chance to put all I had learnt into practice, plus now I know there's the chance to learn more and maybe start moving up the ladder to better jobs."

Colette O'Shea, Head of Development London, Land Securities, commented: "Local communities are crucial to the success of any new development, and we are committed to using our scale and influence to unlock new routes into jobs and training for a wide range of people living across London's boroughs. The Employment Hub at 20 Fenchurch Street will bring together a range of employment specialists under one roof for the first time. We have some fantastic partners on board who will help people make the transition from welfare into work."

John Pagano, Managing Director of Development at Canary Wharf Group, commented: "Canary Wharf Group has a proud heritage of helping local people into work and it is great that we can continue this ethos in the heart of the Square Mile at 20 Fenchurch Street. The construction and property industries must continue to lead the way to creating jobs, unlocking future economic growth and ensuring London's position at the centre of the business world."

Land Securities will also be ring-fencing jobs for London's young and long-term unemployed at its other new developments across its £5.92 billion London property portfolio. Canary Wharf Group continues to champion local people accessing work opportunities by providing free office space and support for Skillsmatch, Tower Hamlets' flagship jobs programme which has placed over 7,000 local residents in work since 1997. Over the same period East London Business Place has helped local SMEs to secure over £720m of business contracts, further boosting employment prospects for local residents.

For further information about training, skills and employment contact: debbie.akehurst@landsecurities.com|

For further information about Land Securities and to download a copy of Land Securities London Employment Strategy in full, visit www.landsecurities.com

For further information about Canary Wharf Group's corporate responsibility initiatives, visit http://www.canarywharf.com/aboutus/Corporate--Social-Responsibility/

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