Education

Many young people face significant barriers that may prevent them from accessing jobs in our industry, especially those not in education, employment or training. Our education programmes inspire the future generation of property professionals about roles in our industry, bridging the skills gap

The property industry is changing rapidly. We know our future workforce will need the skills to address shifts towards modern methods of construction, new, innovative technologies, and sustainability. Many young people also face significant barriers that may prevent them from accessing jobs in our industry, especially those not in education, employment or training. We design our education programmes to help develop a pipeline of the talent needed for the future of our industry. We’re working with young people in our communities who would most benefit from spending time in a professional environment, helping them develop their confidence, aspirations and skills to prepare for their future careers.

By encouraging more students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds into our industry we are more inclusive and successful as a business, and more reflective of the local communities where we operate. We closely engage our employees, customers and industry partners in all our programmes through volunteering, including mentoring and careers awareness, helping provide young people with the role models and skills to succeed.

Landsec education programme 2020

What we’ve achieved

In the last year, we’ve engaged nearly 300 students through our education programmes, developing the aspirations and employability skills of young people from our communities. This also means we can identify future talent for our industry, through encouraging students to engage through work placements and our Trainee Academy.

Total number of students engaged
298 

 

Proportion of students engaged who were female
63% 

 

Proportion of students surveyed that reported a teamwork increase
97% 

 

Inspiring the next generation

Our Future Property School, run with Construction Youth Trust, educates and inspires students from Westminster about the property industry. Landsec volunteers work closely with students for three months on a project to create their own sustainable development proposals. The programme also involves our partners in construction and architecture, and our retail customers, who all offer their skills and expertise to the students. This not only motivates young people to join our industry, it also helps us instil the skills we’ll need for the future.

Our education programmes are all fundamentally connected to our Diversity and Inclusion objectives, by engaging students from diverse backgrounds, and focusing on schools where a high proportion of students receive free school meals. This, in turn, is helping address the gender and ethnicity balance in our industry. We know the most social value is created when young people meet professional volunteers over a sustained period, as this has a long-term impact on their skills, confidence and aspirations.

We also believe providing young people with visible and diverse role models is crucial. We’re therefore running the Circl leadership programme for our employees who coach – and are coached by – sixth-form students from Southwark over the course of an academic year. Circl provides long-term support to young people to help develop their career ambitions and, at the same time, is expected to have a positive impact on our own people by enhancing their coaching and managerial skills.

We’re also continuing our Made In enterprise challenges at Westgate Oxford, White Rose in Leeds, Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, and this year for the first time, at Bluewater in Kent. Made In inspires Year 9 students about environmental sustainability, marketing and sales through exciting workshops and project mentoring. On average, 96% of students reported an increase in teamwork skills and 83% of students felt more optimistic about their future.

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