The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust have teamed up with Chobham Manor LLP (comprising leading national housebuilder Taylor Wimpey and housing association L&Q) and architecture practice PRP to provide two unique opportunities to local residents as part of the ongoing legacy of the London 2012 Games.
Chobham Manor is the first neighbourhood to be built on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. As part of the Chobham Manor project, two work placements for both an architecture student and a civil engineering student have been designed to support them in accessing and achieving qualifications and employment, gaining credible experience to further their careers and play a role within the local regeneration of the area.
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust shared the opportunities for the 6-week paid placements across their extensive networks to reach out to local young people and with support from London Legacy Development Corporation, received many applications from budding hopefuls from across the boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlet, Waltham Forest and Hackney.
After a competitive shortlisting round, and some impressive interviews, two graduates were appointed.
Nagarajah Alakarsamy (pictured left), was successfully appointed at Taylor Wimpey for the role of site manager. Nagarajah studied Civil Engineering at Kingston University, graduating earlier this year, and his enthusiasm to learn as much as he can shines through. Nagarajah spent his first week on site, organising site drawings and problem solving and is looking forward to the weeks ahead.
Claudio Cabulo (pictured right) was appointed for a 6-week paid summer placement at PRP. Claudio graduated from Central Saint Martins, UAL, in 2014 with a Part I architecture degree, and since that time had been struggling to find a paid placement. Claudio has been a part of The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme for 12 months and has accessed many workshops as well as an industry mentor through the Trust’s Career Pathways programme. Claudio’s mentor is alumni member of the Trust Ike Obanye.
Manisha Patel, a Partner at PRP, who has recently been appointed as one of the Mayor of London’s 50 Design advocates, said,
“We are delighted to welcome Claudio to the team and hope that he will find his placement here with the practice rich, fulfilling and challenging. We aim to offer Claudio a robust learning environment combined with real professional experience on a range of projects, which will put him in a good stead as he progresses in his career.”
This year marks the fifth time that The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has worked with Chobham Manor LLP and PRP to provide an opportunity to an aspiring architecture student. Last year’s successful student Shanae Boisson joined this year’s interview panel as her year-out placement comes to an end and she plans to go to University this September to complete her Part II Masters studies, evidencing the power of these opportunities.
Maud Gambier-Ellis, Project Lead Community Regeneration and Partnerships (L&Q) added: “This year , we wanted to help another architecture graduate get a much-needed placement in the industry but also looked at promoting construction as an exciting sector for graduates. I’m very glad that Taylor Wimpey, our partner at Chobham Manor, got on board with the idea so enthusiastically and that a local engineering graduate got a chance to work with them as site manager for 6 weeks. So far, Nagarajah’s and Claudio’s first weeks on placements have both been very successful. This is promising!”
The London Legacy Development Corporation and Chobham Manor LLP are committed to providing opportunities for local people through the provision of paid internships, apprenticeships and other employment opportunities.