On 2nd July 2019, 19 young people from LYR attended a Break Through workshop with Cushman and Wakefield. The workshop was specifically designed to:

  • Develop confidence
  • Develop employability skills (in this instance, CV writing) 
  • Raise awareness of the roles available in commercial property and real estate
  • Broaden aspirations

Break Through is part of LYR's Breaking Barriers programme. Breaking Barriers develops confidence and employability skills in young people through rowing and mentoring and is split into three levels of support:

Break In, 18 week programme of rowing and group mentoring (aged 14-15yrs). Break Through, monthly skills workshops with corporate partners (aged 14-19yrs). Break Out, monthly 1-2-1 mentoring sessions (aged 14-19yrs).

Each stage provides new opportunities for young people facing barriers to employment, varied according to age and educational progress. 

The workshop was a huge success! Young people from across three LYR Hubs attended the after school activity: Globe Rowing Club, Brixton Wings and the Royal Docks Adventure Development Squad, alongside the newest Break In cohort from St Michael’s Catholic College. All of the students recognise that rowing and mentoring develop Life Skills and access to opportunities.

The workshop split into 2 sections: 

  1. An introduction to real estate, with young people learning more about Cushman and Wakefield and being encouraged to ask a multitude of questions
  2. Looking at CV writing, with volunteer employees sharing their experiences and promoting transferrable skills

The workshop concluded with further information on how to enter the industry, including apprenticeships, and a tour of the Cushman and Wakefield office at 125 Old Broad Street. 

Reflecting on the workshop, Rosie from St Michael’s Catholic College said:

 “I liked hearing about all of the different careers and opportunities. I really think that they had people who could be good role models for us too, we can look up to them and think about being in their position one day. I enjoyed it.”

Life Skills Programme Director, Jenny, said:

“Thank you to Cushman and Wakefield employees for organising and delivering an excellent workshop which warmly welcomed young Londoners into an industry which they knew very little about. It was pitched perfectly to the young people we work with and inspired them to think beyond their GCSE’s. There are fantastic opportunities available across London’s skyline which we help provide access to through rowing and mentoring.”

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