L&Q Learning to Succeed programme shortlisted for Business Charity Awards 2020!

We are absolutely delighted that our L&Q partnership programme Learning to Succeed has been shortlisted for the Community Impact category in the Business Charity Awards 2020!

The L&Q Learning to Succeed programme was officially launched in February 2019. Following the results of research carried out by L&Q, the not-for-profit housing association and Construction Youth Trust formed a partnership to develop and deliver a schools-based programme to combat the negative misconceptions of industry currently held by young people, their parents and teachers.

The Learning to Succeed programme seeks to address the construction and built environment’s image problems by offering free STEM education lessons and careers advice to 30 schools in 12 London boroughs. During their research, L&Q surveyed 1,095 16-18 year-olds about their career aspirations and found that only one in ten young people would consider a career in construction, even though more than half are interested in subjects that qualify them for industry.

By engaging young people at an early stage, through programmes such as Learning to Succeed, we have the opportunity to broaden the career horizons of young people and introduce them to the wide range of real jobs and rewarding careers modern industry has to offer. The sector needs to inspire young people to become the next generation of industry as the CITB estimates that industry will need to recruit an extra 168,500 workers over the next five years to support construction growth and account for an ageing workforce.

The programme is designed to enable schools to achieve government stipulated careers requirements as informed by the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance. Schools can choose from a variety of sessions offered to Key Stage 3, 4 & 5 students ranging from the practical application of maths in industry to Career Networking events. Industry volunteers play a massive role in session delivery, providing students with the opportunity to meet relatable role models. Through the programme we aim to facilitate a direct link between our sector and upcoming talent to inspire them to become the next generation of industry.

“The Learning to Succeed programme has gone from strength to strength in reaching thousands of students in the participating schools. It has given many students their first experience in the construction sector and shown them the huge variety of opportunities available in the industry. We at L&Q are proud to work with Construction Youth Trust to inspire our young people to become the next generation of housebuilders and achieve their full academic potential.” Natalie Playfair, Project Manager of Successful Places for the L&Q Foundation