This is an annual collaboration between 15billionebp and Lendlease, where five Newham schools take part in a transformative five-month programme for Year 9 students. Its three key aims are: to develop essential skills such as independent research and flexibility; to raise awareness of careers in regeneration and construction; and to inform students about International Quarter London.
Following a workshop from 15billionebp, a group of four students from each school visit Lendlease’s International Quarter London site in Stratford. Then, they are given three weeks to develop a plan for the development to meet the needs of all stakeholders. At the final, a panel of professional Lendlease judges select the winning group.
Brilliant challenge. Brilliant experience.Year 9 Student
This challenge pushed my limits creatively and I learnt a lot from the whole experience.Year 9 Student
A great way to teach a practical regeneration case study.Teacher
Each year, 30 Year 9 students from six East London schools take part in this three-part programme, run with City Airport. It aims to promote careers at the airport, as well as develop diverse job skills such as community awareness, teamwork, and working under pressure.
During Stage 1, students visit the airport to find out about career opportunities and are set a presentation challenge. In Stage 2, 15billionebp visit the schools to judge students’ presentations and select a winning group from each school to go through to the final. The final is held at London City Airport, where presentations are delivered to a panel of professional judges and an overall winner is chosen.
This competition gives children the motivation to get out and attempt their goals.Year 9 Student
I enjoyed the programme and learnt a lot about business and the adult world.Year 9 Student
An interesting, innovative project that the students really enjoyed taking part in.Teacher
Macfarlanes & Clifford Chance Mentoring Programmes
Corporate partners, Macfarlanes and Clifford Chance, support a series of mentoring programmes each academic year to raise aspirations and support focused learning. Each year volunteers from Macfarlanes and Clifford Chance are paired with pupils from partner schools. The programmes are tailored and structured by 15billionebp with the aims of providing careers support, conducting mock interviews, developing their confidence and presentation skills, and exploring problems which they may encounter.
With four face-to-face meetings and regular email contact via a secure e-mentoring site, these dedicated mentors support students with their academic, personal, and career-related development, in an honest, caring way. Students’ feedback shows that these programmes have a significant impact on supporting their academic development, raising future aspirations and providing a valuable insight into the world of work.
My mentor helped me look deeper into choosing a college. The thought scared me, but he was there for me.Mentee
The most useful part was being able to build up trust and confide in someone who understands you.Mentee
Our gifted and talented programme supports and challenges young people’s learning, career knowledge and personal development.
KPMG and Clifford Chance Gifted & Talented Programme
15billionebp collaborate with KPMG and Clifford Chance to deliver tailored gifted & talented programmes to partner schools. The content of the programmes varies from year to year, but the focus remains on developing key employability skills such as communication and teamwork, building confidence, and raising awareness of current labour market information. Throughout the academic year, participating students attend a series of workshops hosted by KPMG and Clifford Chance, supported by dedicated business volunteers.
I learnt many useful things for my future career.Year 8 student
Their awareness of the local area will be invaluable.Teacher
I will be able to set meaningful targets and know my strengths and weaknesses.Year 10 student
It was an engaging workshop, well suited to Year 10 students.Teacher
We are one of the second group of projects to receive the Young Londoners Fund. The projects that have received this funding include everything from theatre groups and employability training, to football clubs and art sessions. Our project is called #BackOnTrack and will support young people in Barking & Dagenham!