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Corporate Responsibility

Land Securities is committed to delivering schemes that generate enduring benefits for the community, through education and training, the creation of jobs, and supporting local charities to tackle homelessness.

Employment

Land Securities’ London Employment Strategy, delivered in partnership with the main contractor, Mace, tackles unemployment and lack of skills within the construction industry. The initiative, which has already helped hundreds of unemployed Londoners into careers in construction, has now launched a Sector-Based Work Academy in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and Westminster City College, to provide pre-employment training, work experience placements and jobs across Nova’s supply chain.

Circle Sports is another social enterprise sponsored by Land Securities. The scheme provides training to prepare disadvantaged young people from Westminster to work in facilities management roles on Nova, sourcing recruits from a network of referral partners including local homeless charities and the London Probation Trust. 200 young people will benefit from this unique programme, with 125 securing employment.

Education

Young people in the local community are being given the opportunity to learn about the construction industry through site visits to Nova, work experience placements, and studies at school. ‘Introduction to Property Development’ is a Nova-specific education module that has been developed with its own unique accreditation attached. The module was piloted with Year 12 students from Pimlico Academy in Spring 2013, and is being rolled out with other schools including Westminster City School. As part of the training, students get to come and meet professionals from different organisations working on the Nova scheme, including Land Securities, Mace and PLP Architects, and then have a go at creating their own masterplan for the Nova site.

Community

Land Securities is committed to ensuring that the transformation of Victoria benefits a wide range of people, whatever their circumstances. The Passage is one of London’s leading homeless charities and in 2012 it helped over 2000 people who were sleeping rough on the streets of London. The charity is currently undergoing a total transformation and Land Securities is at the heart of securing the investment needed to achieve it. Once redeveloped, The Passage will provide London’s homeless with an enhanced physical surrounding and faster access to services, as well as better training and employment facilities. Nova has also part-funded a new flat to enable homeless young people from the Cardinal Hume Centre to move into independent living accommodation.

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