We support people furthest from the job market in our local communities by providing training, work placements and a direct route into a job.
Our community employment programme is helping address socio-economic challenges that affect people living in our communities. Working closely with our industry partners and customers, we continue to fill significant skills gaps in construction, facilities management and customer service, supporting some of the most excluded groups in our society to find employment. These include people experiencing homelessness, young people, and individuals with offending backgrounds.
What we’ve achieved
The positive impact this programme achieves shows the power of creating opportunities for those who need them most. This year we created approximately £2.5m of social value through a range of employment initiatives, including employability support, training and 180 job outcomes.
Social value created through our employment programme£2.5m
Number of people helped into employment180
Empowering young people
In Lewisham, our partnership with Circle Collective – a charity and social enterprise empowering young people through training and work experience – is just one example of how we’re creating value for communities and our customers. Circle Collective is based in our Lewisham shopping centre and consistently helps local people into roles with our brand partners in the centre, and with our own Head Office team. Our collaboration continues to deliver social value by helping those further from employment to access sustainable and exciting opportunities. During the Covid-19 pandemic, our employees have been supporting Circle Collective’s trainees through virtual careers sessions to help maintain their motivation and confidence.
Our prisons programme
We know that working with prisoners and ex-offenders creates significant social value for our communities. Getting people into productive and positive work significantly reduces the chances of re offending. For this reason, in 2018 we launched the UK’s first aerial window cleaning training academy at HMP Isis in South East London, in collaboration with our charity partner Bounce Back and our service partner Not Just Cleaning. The academy is helping to address a technical skills shortage, which helps to keep our buildings operating efficiently, while helping to turn around people’s lives through sustainable employment.
We’re continuing to evolve our wider programmes through our partnership with Bounce Back, who deliver construction and facilities management training in prisons and communities in London and Leeds. We’ve also established a new partnership with Key4Life, a charity supporting some of the hardest-to-reach young offenders, and those at risk of offending, in Brixton, Camden and Shepherd’s Bush.
Our own employees are also lending their expertise too, by mentoring serving prisoners and ex offenders, helping them build their emotional resilience and reducing the likelihood of re-offending. This year Landsec volunteers spent almost 500 hours supporting our prisons programme with their employability skills. Importantly, our community employment programme also allows our own workforce to offer their skills, and help the beneficiaries of our programme directly. By making this part of our employee volunteering, we’ve seen positive results for our own people, too.
Volunteering with young prisoners to help them prepare for work after release has truly shaped my attitudes. Working to make sure they don’t reoffend when released is a side of the rehabilitation process that deserves more recognition."