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Work experience success for local young people

This summer young people in Thamesmead enjoyed some great work experience opportunities thanks to our Young People’s team and its partners.

Work experience has been high on the agenda in Thamesmead after an influx of requests were made from students and local schools.

The pandemic has seen many young people missing this particularly important aspect of their learning journey, so the Thamesmead team worked hard to help bridge the gap. We placed six young people from Thamesmead in some of our offices, including Westminster Bridge Road and The Moorings Sociable Club and through our partnerships we helped to facilitate a variety of work experience opportunities for local young people. These included a group of St Paul’s Academy students working with Volunteer It Yourself on a live building site, an Architecture Internship at Karakusevic Carson Architects for a Harris Garrard student and paid opportunities for various local young people with the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival.

Year 10 St Paul’s Academy Student Joseph, who spent a few days at Charlton Rugby Football Club working to improve the bar area and build some benches, said: “I have built my
confidence using tools, the people here really supported us.”

A-level Student Andy Mon completed a four-week paid internship with Karakusevic Carson Architects and said “My experience at KCA has been fantastic, it has opened my eyes to the world of Architecture, being in the office has contributed hugely to improving my skills and I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity. Having real life experience of the working world is really important.”

Our partnership with Career Ready allowed 33 young people from local schools to access a 1-2-1 mentor from professionals in various industries such as BP, Network Rail, AstraZeneca and of course Peabody and, 19 young people were placed into one month paid internships with various organisations.

Peabody is supporting Career Ready again this year in both Woolwich Poly-Technic school for boys and Harris Garrard Academy for year 12 students. Please apply in your school for this opportunity. Other opportunities for placements with Peabody and our partners are often available. If you are interested in the programme or would like more information please contact Nadia.Kassab@peabody.org.uk for more information.

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