OUR COMMITMENTS IN 2016
We will continue to identify opportunities for apprenticeships for local young people across our assets and encourage our contractors to support this initiative.
We will extend the number of schools that participate in the Capco Education Programme, building further on our success with school children of all ages.
A programme of local community clubs and activities in the Earls Court area is now well established using the funds set aside for delivering community benefits through Fulham Boys School ("FBS"). Children from the West Kensington & Gibbs Green estates were given the opportunity to take part in free educational and sporting activities using state of the art equipment, educational and sporting facilities funded by Capco at FBS.
This is the second year that Capco has supported the Recruit London scheme. In 2015 40 people were recruited via the scheme into jobs with companies in Covent Garden.This year we contributed to the provision of a more dedicated Workplace Co-ordinator, focused solely on recruiting residents of Westminster into jobs in companies on the Covent Garden estate. This has given, and will continue to give us the opportunity to support our retailers in their recruitment. The Workplace Co-ordinator was involved in helping to fill a number of temporary Christmas vacancies.
A highlight for 2015 was our sponsorship of the Maggie’s Culture Crawl which helped to raise over £350,000 for Maggie’s.
We have forged a relationship with Spear, a charity concerned with youth employment and throughout 2015, sponsored students to participate in Spear’s programme which helps young people to enter work and progress in their career.
In October 2015, Covent Garden was the focal point for the London Poppy Appeal for the fourth year running.
Capco sponsored a highly innovative project called ‘Little Architect’ which introduced primary school children living near Earls Court and Covent Garden to the built environment. We partnered with The Architectural Association School of Architecture and ran highly interactive design sessions with the children mentored by volunteer Capco employees. The results were spectacular and displayed at a showcase event hosted by New London Architecture.
The Capco Education Programme, which runs in conjunction with the Urban Studies Centre, continued in 2015.
Throughout 2015, we ran a number of projects with various year groups from Fulham Boys School, Fulham Primary School and Servite Primary School. The projects included learning about the history of Earls Court and the local area, exploring North End Road Market, conducting environmental surveys and visiting Brompton Cemetry to hear stories of the locally famous and discussing the future of Earls Court.
In October 2015, we hosted a quiz night in aid of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation which raised £29,000 towards the establishment of a technical college in his name to benefit young apprentices in London.