Ladder for London: HRH Prince Andrew launches Peabody apprenticeship scheme
We've launched a new scheme that will create 161 new apprenticeships across London
HRH the Duke of York today visited our Pembury estate in Hackney to launch an exciting new partnership that will give hope to hundreds of young people across the capital.
Prince Andrew is patron of the Evening Standard’s Ladder for London campaign, which encourages companies to take on apprentices. Peabody is leading a group of 17 employers who have pledged to provide 161 apprenticeships in construction, maintenance, engineering and transport.
Welcome to Pembury: HRH The Duke of York meets some of the local young people
We will work to match young people aged 16–24, from Peabody estates and communities, with top construction companies. They will be offered pre-apprenticeship training and the opportunity to gain an NVQ qualification in construction, before starting work.
The Prince met a number of potential apprentices who were submitting CVs and talking to employers, and urged them to grab the opportunity ‘with both hands’. He also met four electrical and carpentry apprentices who recently started working for Ardmore on Peabody’s 268-home Pembury Circus development.
Ladder for London: Prince Andrew is the campaign's patron
Our chief executive Stephen Howlett said: “Peabody has been creating opportunities for Londoners for 151 years. We are proud of our work to tackle youth unemployment through our apprenticeship, employment and enterprise programmes, and are delighted to have joined forces with the Evening Standard on the Ladder for London campaign.
"This has been a ground-breaking call to action, working with major employers across the capital to give young people the chance to fulfil their potential and succeed.
Changing lives: Employers and apprentices are invited to get involved
“This phase of the campaign will change hundreds of young lives for the better, introducing them to the trades that drive London’s economy — in construction, on infrastructure projects, and helping to build the much needed homes our city needs.
"Peabody is building more homes and I’m grateful to all our contractors and partners who have agreed to take on Ladder for London apprentices. I hope this campaign will encourage other employers to create more apprenticeships throughout their supply chain, making London a city of opportunity for all."
We’re keen to hear from young people and employers interested in taking part in our apprenticeship scheme.
Visit our Apprenticehips page for further information.
Read the Evening Standard’s report on the launch
Evening Standard comment: A scheme to give the young jobless hope