Social landlord L&Q has secured work placements for seven residents at a “top” international law firm.
The programme, held in collaboration with Trowers & Hamlins, saw the individuals complete two weeks’ work experience at the Islington-based firm in the middle of June.
As well as gaining on-the-job experience in a field of their choice, participants were given £100 of clothing vouchers, lunch, and travel allowances and an additional £50 of vouchers on completion.
L&Q has worked with Trowers & Hamlins for more than 15 years and has provided over 350 people with the skills to apply for future positions through a training offer.
Successful candidates were selected during a day at the firm’s London office and were placed in departments including marketing, HR, information services, operations, and the secretariat.
The recruitment day took place in May and consisted of talks from Trowers & Hamlins managing associate David Hughes and diversity and inclusion manager Reg Amoah, alongside a networking lunch and interviews in the afternoon.
The city firm sponsors two cohorts every year, hosting up to 12 placements annually – with a total of 180 placements since the programme’s inception.
L&Q says participants from previous years have seen their careers “flourish” since taking part in the programme – with three offered permanent roles in IT and catering.
Matt Corbett, director of L&Q Foundation, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Trowers & Hamlins again, on this programme which will help prepare residents from disadvantaged backgrounds for career success.
“At L&Q, we have a proven track record of working with our partners to be a catalyst for inclusion and opportunity in our communities.
“Underpinning this work is the belief that everyone deserves opportunities to reach their potential, to be supported and hopeful, and able to imagine and plan for a better future.”
Nicola Ihnatowicz, employment partner and head of CSR at Trowers and Hamlins, said: “We’re proud to continue our long-standing partnership with L&Q and to be taking on seven talented individuals, offering them meaningful experience of work with clear duties, responsibilities and goals.
“Amid the current talent and skills shortage, the incentive is clear. As well as delivering on our commitment to support our local communities through opportunities to access work, diversity and inclusion is critical to business success.
“We were highly impressed with the calibre of candidates and look forward to supporting them with the next steps on their career journey, wherever that may take them.”
L&Q’s in-house team of employment advisers provide a service that is free to all residents and people living in its communities, offering tailored support to anyone looking for a job.
Research from the National Housing Federation has shown that social housing providers invest over £70m every year in employment-related services, making them the UK’s second biggest investor in employment support after the DWP.
Image: L&Q work placement candidates
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