We are more than a landlord.
As a company with a track record spanning almost a century, we understand our role in the community and the opportunities we can create for people to work in their local areas. At the same time we understand the importance for businesses to have access to a sustainable and skilled workforce and the role thriving business plays in the wider economy.
Throughout 2015, attention has focused on delivering projects that create employment and training opportunities in the local areas in which we are investing. In the UK, we continue to build our relationships with community groups to understand where and how we can work together. We have learnt that different areas have a complex mix of requirements, with different members of the communities needing different kinds of support, but all want to achieve the goal of employment.
Our customers play a fundamental role in our employment and skills programmes. They often have a business need to have access to a local and sustainable
workforce and so are willing to offer the opportunities to train suitable candidates and offer interviews for roles. Over 2015, we have created employment works
schemes in key boroughs which have successfully placed local residents into training or employment.
In 2016, as part of our Employment and Skills programme, we will make it a compulsory requirement for construction contractors to offer apprenticeships
or work experience to local residents. We are also making progress on establishing a virtual Skills and Employment team with our local authorities to help
prepare the unemployed members of the community become ‘job-ready’.
Financially, in 2016 we will be increasing our donation to the London Community Fund to be used in charities and organisations focused on skills and employment.