Business Charity Awards: Community Impact – L&Q Housing Foundation with the Construction Youth Trust for Learning to Succeed

For a business that has provided vital support to a charitable project in a specific locality

What was the project?

The Learning to Succeed programme, run by the L&Q Housing Foundation and the Construction Youth Trust, aimed to build a cross-industry partnership and offer students a range of meaningful encounters with employers that would widen their career horizons, challenge stereotypes, champion science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers and support them to achieve their career ambitions.

What did it do?

The partnership worked in more than 30 schools across 11 London boroughs to design an exciting programme of employer engagement to help young people recognise their potential and discover opportunities that had never previously been presented to them.

Schools were able to select from the catalogue of 20 tailored sessions covering a range of topics, including maths, gender stereotypes, carbon efficiency, engineering and kitchen design.

The programme also facilitated meaningful work experience placements within L&Q.

Why did it win?

The programme initially set out to work with 4,000 secondary students, but more than 10,000 students have participated in more than 270 sessions so far.

More than 50 students have benefited from work experience in core areas of the L&Q business, including the legal, finance, community investment, development and human resource departments. A survey of participants carried out between September 2018 and July 2019 found that 69 per cent of students said they had been introduced to careers they had not considered before, 74 per cent understood how school subjects could be useful in the workplace and 72 per cent said they now had a different impression of the kind of people who do well in construction.

What did the judges say?

Clare Daly, head of corporate partnerships at Plan International UK, said: “I really like this partnership. L&Q’s really clear objective of ensuring its young residents can use their education to break the cycle of poverty and improve social mobility is admirable, and CYT is the right partner for it to achieve this with.”

Finalists

Camden Town Unlimited with the CTU Community Project for Camden Collective

Berkeley Homes (North East London) with Home-Start London for Reaching More Families Across North-East London

UBS with the Bridge Academy for Transforming Education In Hackney

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