As a business we have long supported XLP, an amazing charity that creates positive futures for young people growing up on deprived inner city estates in and around London.

The young people it supports frequently struggle with issues including family breakdown, poverty, unemployment and educational failure, as well as criminality and gang behavior.  Through providing positive, consistent role models and relationships, each year they successfully help thousands reach their full potential, restoring their trust in people and helping to show them that they can achieve the positive goals they set themselves through hard work and dedication. 

We support XLP in a number of ways; financially, through direct volunteering and also through helping the young people they work with in participating in many of our other community programmes.  In the last year however, we are incredibly excited to have successfully helped to place 3 of these young people into apprenticeships with some of our close suppliers. 

Our team on a sponsored XLP bike rideOverlooking London

As a property owner, landlord and developer, we recognise the issues surrounding the skill gaps in the industry.  Through our close relationships with XLP, we also regularly meet amazing young people that are desperate for an opportunity to gain skills and employment that will enable them to create a prosperous future for themselves. 

It seems very logical to us, therefore, to work across our supply chain, identifying those suppliers that we have strong working relationships with and which recognise the same issues as us. We help facilitate introductions to XLP, their work and their young people and work in partnership with all parties to help create and fill new apprenticeship opportunities. 

In addition to the 3 apprenticeships already secured this year, we are also currently in discussions with a number of other suppliers to expand this number in the coming year. 

Once one of our suppliers expresses an interest in offering an apprenticeship, XLP select a range of young people who they work closely with, who are looking for work and who they know are work-ready.  XLP then support them in finalising their CV’s and preparing for interview.  Throughout the interview process, XLP act as mentor to each young person, supporting and advising to ensure they do their best.  At the end of the process, should the young person meet the contractors’ expectations, they are offered a paid apprenticeship by the contractor.  XLP continue to support the young person as they start work and train in their new profession.