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Inspiring supported learning students into construction careers

Lovell recently welcomed a group of supported learning students from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East (CONEL) London to The Electric Quarter, our new development in Ponders End, Enfield.

Senior Site Manager Cliff Cowley led a tour of the site, where Lovell is building 167 new homes together with retail and commercial units, giving the students the opportunity to find out more about working in construction.

Lovell employs eight graduates on the graduate scheme and 15 apprentices across London, two of which are employed at The Electric Quarter. We are working with CONEL to offer training opportunities as part of our commitment to employ up to 30% of workers from the local area.

“We want to be part of the local community and inspire the next generation to take up careers in construction by offering support with training and apprenticeships,” said Sophia Bruce, Regional Training Adviser at Lovell.

She adds: “We value inclusivity at Lovell and wherever possible we will include people with disabilities in our teams and provide the support they need. For example, one of the apprentices working at our site in Woolwich is deaf, but he is getting on very well and his co-workers are learning sign language to help him.”

Thea Charles, Supported Learning Job Coach at CONEL, said: “Our supported learning students study construction skills and this visit was a great way to expose them to this industry, which may inspire them to consider construction as a potential career. We’ve also started to build a relationship with Lovell that could lead to apprenticeships and placements for supported learning and other students at the college.”

Government figures show that while 600,000 disabled people have found work in the past four years, only 50% are in work compared to 80% of non-disabled people. In November, the government announced plans to get one million more disabled people in work over the next 10 years.