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.

What we’ve achieved

In the last year, we’ve engaged 92 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.

Inspiring the next generation

This year, we’ve continued our commitment to helping young people from diverse backgrounds enter careers in property, in particular those who face barriers and risk becoming disengaged, running our education programmes virtually. Our aim is to provide role models for students, alongside transferable skills, industry insights and career opportunities. In turn, this helps us to bring more diverse young talent into our business and helps bring equal access to opportunities in real estate for young people from all backgrounds.

In London, we ran two Circl reverse coaching programmes, where over 30 Landsec employees coached – and were coached by – young people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds. Evidence shows this can increase a young person’s chance of reaching their potential through employment, education or training. Circl not only supports young people in becoming future leaders through regular coaching by industry professionals, it also helps our workforce develop their own managerial and leadership skills. 

75 %

of participants interested in a career at Landsec


hours of coaching training

87 %

of young participants felt Circl helped them develop useful leadership skills

We also ran our annual Future Property School with The Construction Youth Trust remotely for the first time. This project works with 10 students from Victoria over three months, to learn about the different areas of our industry through weekly workshops with our volunteers and partners. At the end of the programme, students present their own ideas for sustainable developments at our 21 Moorfields site in London. We’ve also joined Construction Youth Trust’s Schools Partnerships programme to encourage students in Lewisham and across London to consider careers in property by meeting professionals from a range of exciting roles.

Outside of London, our ‘Made In’ sustainability enterprise challenges at Bluewater, White Rose and Gunwharf Quays have continued. We’ve also started a new virtual employability project at our three Yorkshire retail sites – Trinity Leeds, Junction 32 and White Rose – with education social enterprise Ahead Partnership, to offer local students careers awareness over lockdown.

Circl has really helped me to make a start on a range of personal goals - it feels like I have much more energy and focus in life now"

Landsec Employee


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