Alongside these initiatives we also work with several schools locally by giving talks, supporting careers fairs or volunteering as governors. We’re a sponsor of Pathways to Property, a national programme which aims to encourage young people from diverse backgrounds into careers in the property industry, and includes a summer school at the University of Reading and work placements. We’ve also volunteered with Bacon’s College students as part of our last two community days, aiming to give them an insight into the property sector, and to hear their ideas about the Canada Water area.
We’re supporting local charity Big Local Works to run a 1:1 benefits and welfare support service for SE16 residents who are in need of support and advice. The primary focus of the clinics is to help clients receive the right financial support, but advisors also offer support to identify alternative options where appropriate, such as employment and training opportunities, as part of the Canada Water Masterplan and further afield.
We support London Bubble’s Young Theatre Makers project, which works with young people to use drama and theatre techniques to support mental health and wellbeing, building resilience, self-esteem and self-awareness.
Together with United St Saviour’s Charity, Southwark Construction Skills Centre and Construction Youth Trust, we launched the Shaping Southwark’s Future programme, an education and employment partnership which aims to tackle construction employment issues and make young people aware of the opportunities within the construction sector.
We support the Southwark Career Ready programme. This works with three local schools – Bacon’s College, St Michael’s and City of London Academy – linking their students to employers and to help them reach their potential. We’ve been on the Local Advisory Board of the cluster since the start, and five British Land colleagues are currently mentoring Year 12 students through the programme.
We have committed £10k of funding for the Bermondsey Community Kitchen, a not-for-profit project to provide free training and opportunities in catering to local young people who are in long-term unemployment.
As the Masterplan will bring forward a range of exciting restaurants and cafes in Canada Water, the ambition is to link the training the Community Kitchen provides with catering jobs at Canada Water.