Anna Devlet, Head of Community at British Land: “By supporting local employment, training, apprenticeships and procurement, we help local people and businesses grow, at the same time as creating the skilled workforce needed for the future. This is important for our long-term success, as our places are home to a wide range of organisations and we rely on a diverse network of suppliers, in sectors facing different challenges.”
Our focus on skills and opportunities brings benefits to our business and stakeholders:
- Local people and partners want places that stimulate the local economy by supporting local skills and employment.
- Commercial partners prefer organisations that help secure the key sector skills needed for the future.
- Suppliers prefer businesses that invest in key capabilities and treat them fairly.
Julie Hutchinson, Employment & Skills Director at the East London Business Alliance (ELBA): “British Land has delivered on local training, employment and procurement and then some – encouraging young people to aim for the stars, working with suppliers to recruit apprenticeships and funding boots on the ground so local jobs are filled by local people. I look forward to seeing how they make the most of the Government’s new apprenticeship levy.”
Councillor Frank Ross of the Corstorphine / Murrayfield Ward and Edinburgh’s Economy Convener: “Expanding Edinburgh’s economy through the Strategy for Jobs is one of our top priorities and the Recruitment & Skills Centre at the Fort Kinnaird Centre is helping us do this. By focusing on the needs of local employers and matching the skills of local people, we’re boosting employability and tackling joblessness head on.”