We want to play a positive role in the communities we serve, creating opportunities for businesses to prosper, people to come together, and communities to grow. That means creating accessible places, supporting jobs and skills, and using our portfolio to create opportunities for all.
Given the rich diversity of our portfolio, our contribution looks different in each of our places. This page explains more about some of the ways we’re working with communities in the areas we operate.
Jobs, skills and growth:
We’re working in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions, to help bridge the gap between local employment needs and job opportunities with our customers, places and partners. This includes:
- Our Recruit Regional programme, a supported employment service which helps local unemployed people into roles at our destinations
- Our Mentoring Circles initiative, which provides coaching for young people looking to find their first role or improve their prospects
- Our Skills Centres, sector specific training courses that we facilitate with local partners to help upskill unemployed people to become job-ready for roles in the local area - including roles linked to our business, our customers' businesses, or our supply chain.
Creating accessible and inclusive places:
- From auditing our digital platforms, to improving our physical environments, we’re on a journey to ensure our places are truly accessible to all. This is just the beginning of that journey and we’re working with expert partners, including disability charities, Purple and AccessAble, to help shape our path.
- One part of creating more accessible places is giving disabled visitors the confidence to come, knowing exactly what they can expect. We’re partnering with AccessAble, to undertake expert accessibility audits of our places, from Regent Street in Central London, to our regional destinations and Windsor Great Park. This work is also vital in helping our team to understand where we can make improvements, to ensure our places are as inclusive as possible.
- We know accessibility is not only about our physical environments, it’s vital online too. That’s why we’ve partnered with Purple, to evolve our websites, to ensure they are accessible as possible.
- We’re reviewing our approach to recruitment working with specialist disability recruiter Evenbreak to ensure our job adverts do not present barriers to people with disabilities and to advertise on a disability jobs board.
Opening up our sectors to new, more diverse talent:
We know that we, along with our peers in the sector, must do more to help open up our sectors, to unlock opportunities for young people of different backgrounds and provide opportunities for a more diverse cross section of society.
- As part of this, we host mentoring and careers events, in partnership with organisations including Reading Real Estate Foundation, an organisation which supports young people from diverse backgrounds into the real estate sector.
- We are also supporting a partnership called Drive Forward Foundation, through which our colleagues share their skills with young people who have been through the care system, to help support them into training and employment. We provide apprenticeship opportunities at Windsor as well as work experience for children from the local community.