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Stephen Lawrence Journalism Scholarships – open for applications now

The Daily Mail, City University and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust have teamed up to launch a bursary to help students from under-represented groups break into journalism.

Together we are looking to give two aspiring journalists the chance to learn the trade from the best. n You will receive a full fee scholarship for a postgraduate degree course starting in September 2017, support from City journalism academics, access to work experience at the Daily Mail, as well as professional mentorship from senior journalists.

You will also receive financial support for living expenses, rent and other costs while studying for the degree. n On completion of the MA, if you are successful you will be offered a place on the Daily Mail or MailOnline editorial graduate trainee scheme, where you will receive a 12-month paid contract.

You must be available to start in September 2017 and the course will last for 12 months, after which you will be considered for the Mail scheme.

Students interested in applying should email, including a CV, examples of work and a personal statement of no more than 500 words. The closing date is Friday April 7 at 5pm.

Full details of the scholarship and application procedure can be found at the Department of Journalism website, at


Interim Report – The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme

The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme reaches its interim period, (18 months), of delivery.

The programme is now supporting 125+ young people from disadvantaged and underrepresented back grounds (BME), who wish to pursue a career in architecture;

We provide Work Opportunities, Bursaries, Mentoring Schemes, Workshops and much more….

  • We know that BME representation within the profession sits at around 0.9% for fully qualified architects, that is far below the national average of 10% in other leading professions
  • We know from the RIBA education statistics that transition points from Part I to Part II  is where a large drop off rate is for BME representation, (around 50% of Black British males fail to get from Part I to Part II).

Click HERE to read about how we are tackling these issues, and leading the way on diversity within the industry 

If you have any questions about the programme or the report, please contact Neil Onions on 

You can read more about the Building Futures Programme on our programmes page (here)


Stephenson Harwood LLP win KPMG Sustainable Procurement Award 2016 for partnership work

We are delighted to announce that one of our partners, law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP, has been awarded the KPMG Sustainable Procurement Award 2016 for its partnership and work with us on our pilot scheme – ‘Access to Professions: Law’ – and the extension of this into our new, broader Career Pathway initiative.  The aim of the pilot (and now broader Career Pathway programme) has been to provide young people with information, inspiration, skills and experience in order to help them move into the career of their choice, and Stephenson Harwood continues to play a key role in these efforts. We have been working with three schools in Lewisham and Greenwich and have so far reached over 400 students.

Thank you to Stephenson Harwood for all the time and effort they have contributed, and to KPMG for recognising the work we have been doing together.



Students from Sedgehill School visit publishing company Hachette UK

On Thursday 9th February, we took a group of Year 9 students to visit the publishing company Hachette at their office on Victoria Embankment.

Staff from a range of different departments came to speak to the students about the different job opportunities within publishing –  including editorial, designing, marketing and publicity. The students were assign a variety of different tasks to give them a flavour of what each of the different roles involved. They were also taken on a tour of the offices (including the roof garden!) and provided with lunch.

The visit formed part of the Career Pathway programme which aims to support young people to make informed career choices.

Thank you to everyone at Hachette who helped to make the visit such a success!

Inspirational speakers visit Harris Academy Greenwich and Deptford Green School

It has been a busy week for the Career Pathway programme.

We invited inspirational speakers from a range of different professional backgrounds to Harris Academy Greenwich on Tuesday 7th February. Rebecca and Joseph from Dell SecureWorks, Lexy and Sam from Hachette, Vienna from The Artists Partnership and Ed Davey, an investigate journalist, all gave up their time to visit the school and share their experiences with a group of Year 9 students. They spoke about their educational backgrounds, career journey and current role. The students were very engaged and asked lots of questions! The session was chaired by Simi Belo, a business and marketing professional.

On Wednesday 8th February, we held another inspirational speaker session for Year 9 students at Deptford Green school. Alex and Jeremy from the law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP explained the difference between civil and criminal law and mapped the route to becoming a lawyer. They then got the students to think about progression routes into other careers – encouraging them to think ahead and explore different options.

Thank you to all the speakers for inspiring and informing the students about different career options.



Exciting new development for The Stephen Lawrence Centre

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are launching an exciting new development that will transform our Centre in Deptford in to a thriving creative “HUB” for start-up architecture practices and companies working in the Built Environment.

One of the main objectives of the Trust is to maximise the use of the Stephen Lawrence Centre whilst simultaneously providing structured support to aspiring architects from disadvantaged backgrounds. Helping young people achieve their dreams within architecture has been a cornerstone of the Trust. Stephen Lawrence aspired to become an architect, as his legacy, we hope to help others realise this aspiration that Stephen was so tragically denied.

Increasingly, to minimise the initial costs of starting a business, new businesses are opting to start out working in shared spaces with others companies/practices who are in a similar situation. In London especially, this trend has been on the rise. Locations such as the RIBA Incubator and Second Home provide hot and fixed desk spaces specifically for start-ups in the Built Environment. We hope to emulate these imaginative and dynamic spaces here at the centre.

The Hub will not only provide affordable spaces for start-ups. It will also seek to recreate a convivial atmosphere conducive to ideas sharing and networking amongst the young architects in residence. This sharing of ideas is commonly referred to as “cross pollination” and is seen as a mutually enriching process for businesses and practices who share the same office space.

The transformation of the centre in to a Hub will ultimately fulfil one of the initial aims of the centre which was to provide fledgling architects with a space to kick-start their practice.

The income generated by the Hub will also help support The Stephen Lawrence Bursary award, which to date, has awarded over 125 Bursaries to architecture students in need of financial support whilst studying. The Hub will also help the continued growth of the Building Futures Programme which in its first year has supported over 100 architecture students from BAME backgrounds by providing a plethora of different forms of help, including: paid internships, work placements, access to professional mentors and workshops.

Ultimately the Hub will help us continue to support, develop, and actualise the ambitions of aspiring architects from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds for generations to come.

Much more to follow soon…


Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust launches new schools programme

This January, we are pleased to announce that we are launching a new schools programme, Transitions. The aim of the programme is to work with students that are at key transition points in their school career to help them to make informed decisions about the future. Funded by the Clothworkers Foundation, the programme will run for two years in partnership with Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, Deptford Green and Sedgehill School. We will be working with students in Year 8 (as this is when they are now required to choose their GCSE options), Year 11 and Year 13, delivering a number of different activities, including careers lunches, employability workshops and professional visits. The Transitions programme will run alongside and complement our existing schools programme, Career Pathway.

We will be looking to work closely with a range of individuals and organisations to deliver the programme. If you are interested in inspiring and informing the professionals of the future or would like to find out more, please contact Chelsea on 020 8100 2800 or e-mail





Mentors from BTG meet their Sedgehill School mentees for the first time

This week we launched a mentoring scheme between employees from the healthcare company BTG and Year 10 students from Sedgehill School. Part of our Career Pathway programme, the aim of the mentoring scheme is to help the students to set goals and make informed choices.

The launch event was very successful, and mentors and mentees enjoyed meeting each other for the first time. Mentoring sessions will be held every month at the school or the BTG offices.

Thank you to everyone at BTG who has volunteered as mentor, giving up their time to benefit the young people that we work with.


Deptford Green students explore careers in construction with Mount Anvil

Last week, the property developer Mount Anvil invited students from Deptford Green to visit one of their key sites in order to learn about careers in construction. The students, all in Year 9, met with different members of staff and were given a tour of the Keybridge site in Vauxhall, where the company is building a number of new residential properties. The group were also able to look around the on-site marketing suite, in order to get a real sense of what the finished properties would look like.

Thank you very much to Mount Anvil for hosting this exciting visit and lending their support to the young people we work with!

The visit formed part of our Career Pathway programme, which aims to raise aspirations and help young people to make informed career choices. If you or your organisation are interested in becoming involved, please email 


Successful school visit to the Daily Mail

On Friday 6th January, we took a group Year 9 students from Harris Academy Greenwich to visit the Daily Mail offices. The students are beneficiaries of our Career Pathway programme, which aims to better inform young people of the variety of careers and routes available. The students enjoyed a tour of the offices and met with a variety of reporters and executives from different departments. They were even invited into the office of the editor of the Mail on Sunday, Geordie Greig, who gave the students advice and some words of encouragement.

Thank you to everyone at the Daily Mail who gave their time to to make the trip such a success!


Pathways to Professions recruiting now!

Following the massive success of our pilot Pathways to Professions programme, in which 50 % of the participants went in to employment, education or training within 4 weeks of leaving, we will be giving all graduates aged 18 – 30 the opportunity to maximize there potential for success by enrolling on our next course!

To if you are looking for employment or to start you own business then you should join our Pathways to Professions programme. It will give you all the information, skills and contacts you need to succeed in your chosen career.

Our intensive 4-week programme (3 days per week) 10am – 4pm includes:

  • Employability skills: CV’s, job search, application forms and supporting statements, assessment centres and interview essentials.
  • Personal development: Team Work, Personal Branding, Goal Setting, Resilience, Confidence building, Finance and Motivations Skills.
  • Work Experience: 1 weeks work experience to build your skills, knowledge and references.
  • Interviews and on-going support: Meet a mentor, 1:1 information advice and guidance for up to 6 months following the course.

Employers include:

Starting: 31st January 2017


For more information and to register on to the programme, please contact:

Email:                     Tel:     0208 100 2800


Say YES to success!

Our Youth Employability Skills project (YES) ran from January 2016 – October 2016 and enabled us to provide a targeted service to young people, focused on career development and progression. The project followed on from the success of the YES programme of 2015, which provided a series of activities to young people aimed at improving their skills, confidence and awareness of the job market.

Key highlights from YES 2016

  • Pathways to Profession (P2P) training course delivered 136 delegate days of training.
  • The P2P training programme had a retention rate of 87%.
  • Within 4 weeks of leaving the course, 50% of young people had moved on to employment, work experience or further training.
  • 25 young people attended the Meet Your Mentor days with 15 ongoing mentoring matches made.
  • Over one hundred young people attended 4 industry seminar, the seminars featured 20 industry professionals from the Music, Media, Law, Engineering and Architecture professions.
  • 43 young people received individual one-to-one careers information advice
  • and guidance.

Key outcomes of YES 2016

91% of participants advised that they felt more confident about your career and their ability to look for relevant jobs and acquire the skills needed to succeed.

“I fell more knowledgeable about different careers and

learnt new skills that would come in useful for

job hunting and writing cover letters.”

The pre-employment training workshops enabled young people to develop skills in job searching, CV, cover letters, producing supporting statements and writing job application forms. 75% advised the Interviews Essential element of the programme was excellent and had improved their skills greatly.

The pre-employment training workshops enabled young people to develop and increase their skills in team work, communication, goal setting, personal branding, motivation and resilience. Young people who attended the industry seminars had the opportunity to network with professionals and like-minded peers.  This networking increased their professional capital and provided links and access to employment opportunities.  94% of attendees thought this support together with the one 2 one support excellent.

For more information please email: with your CV or telephone: 0208 100 2800.


Renowned Architecture Practice Squire and Partners join the Building Futures Programme


We’re delighted to announce that the Building Futures Programme will be working with internationally renowned and award winning architecture practice – Squire and Partners.

Squire and Partners was established in 1976 and today has a portfolio which includes masterplans, private and affordable residential, workspace, retail, education and public buildings.  Some of their most notable projects include the UNISON HQ, Southbank Place in Waterloo, and the British Council in Nairobi. As well as architecture and interior design, the practice have designed their own product ranges, bespoke retail window installations and venues for Urban Golf!

Our Partnership kicked off with a ‘Meet your Mentor’ session at their headquarters in Kings Cross. Over the next year they will be mentoring four students on the Building Futures Programme and as such, provide an invaluable insight and perspective into the challenging journey to become a fully-fledged Architect.

The support of Squire and Partners doesn’t stop there. In addition to Mentoring the Building Futures students, they’ll also be providing work experience placements to the four students, thus giving them a chance to gain some real and practical experience of working in a high-profile Architecture Firm.

Quote from Squire and Partners – John Dobbin, Associate:

“We are delighted to partner with the Stephen Lawrence Building Futures programme, supporting young people to achieve their ambitions of becoming architects.  Mentoring students is always a two way learning process – we benefit as much from their fresh perspective and creative energy as they do from gaining experience in a professional working environment.  Establishing a longer term relationship, via monthly mentoring sessions, will make the experience much more rewarding for both parties.  Having met our mentees, we’re excited to explore their potential and look forward to seeing how we can help to shape their experience of architecture!”

Much more to come from this new and exciting partnership!

Successful visit to HKS Architects for Career Pathway beneficiaries

This week the architecture firm HKS invited a group of students from Sedgehill School to visit their offices in Soho.

The students have been selected to take part in our Career Pathway programme, which aims to provide young people with information, inspiration, skills and experience in order to help them move into the career of their choice.

The group from Sedgehill, all in Year 9, enjoyed a tour of the offices and were shown the process of designing and constructing a building from beginning to end. They looked at initial concept sketches, floor plans and specialist computer software used by architects.

Thank you to HKS for hosting the visit and giving young people a really valuable insight into the world of architecture.

The Stephen Lawrence Alumni Exhibition 2016

In case you missed our 2016 Alumni Exhibition, here’s what happened!

The annual Stephen Lawrence Alumni Exhibition opened on the 5th of September and ran until October 14th. The event, which has run since 2010, is hosted by our long-time partner Scott Brownrigg. Over the years, Scott Brownrigg have supported the Trust extensively in numerous different ways. Aside from annually hosting the exhibition, Scott Brownrigg have contributed generously to the Trust’s Bursary Fund and provided invaluable support to our young people by providing work placements, internships, portfolio reviews and coaching on interview techniques.

The annual exhibition has run to help raise the profile of the Trust whilst also providing a great opportunity for our highly talented network of alumni to showcase their work. This year the event was particularly significant because it also marked the first birthday of our flagship Architecture Programme- ‘Building Futures’.

Our Alumni who exhibited this year were:

Akua Danso

Azime Nazlivatan

Srimathi Aiyer

Samuel Perry

Shanae Boisson

Kamran Nayyer

Take a look at the video highlights from the Celebration event for the exhibition which took place on the 6th of October


Internationally renowned, award-winning architecture practice Make joins the Building Futures Programme

We’re very pleased to announce that Make Architects has signed up to the Building Futures Programme, agreeing to mentor six aspiring architects, each in the third year of their studies.

Since its founding in 2004, Make has worked on more than 1,300 projects both domestically and internationally. Its extensive portfolio of work in London includes University Square Stratford, London Wall Place and Rathbone Square.

Make has an extensive history of working with charities and communities, engaging in multitude of different activities that give back to society.

“We see real value in encouraging and developing the skills of new architects and built environment practitioners,” says founder Ken Shuttleworth. “This stage in their studies is particularly tricky, as it involves the transition from academia to commercial work. It will be great to work with Building Futures and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, as well as these students. We look forward to helping them further their career path and to learning from them too.”

Indeed, the third year – when architecture students go from studying to finding their first work placement – is a particularly pivotal point in the seven-year journey to becoming a fully fledged architect. Professional mentoring can provide invaluable insight into the industry and its challenging routes of access.

Within a structured programme of mentoring workshops, the six Make mentors will offer experience-led guidance and support, helping their mentees become work-ready at this crucial point in their career path.

You can read more about the mentors from Make here.

Career Pathway Year 2 launches in three partner schools

We have been very busy over the past couple of weeks launching Year 2 of the Career Pathway programme in our three partner schools: Deptford Green, Harris Academy Greenwich and Sedgehill School.

We held a event at each school in order to welcome new Year 9 students on to the programme. We invited along a range of inspirational guests speakers in order to give the students a taste of things to come. Speakers included: Yvonne Onah, an architectural assistant; Jacob Sakil, founder of catering company American Bites; Wizdom Payne, a musician and arts directors from the charity XLP; Jordache Cunningham, a marketing professional;  Dinah Grey, a dancer; Mwila Mulenshi and three interns, Nelson Ekaragha, Nina Edy and Carmen Hoang, from charity Creative Access.

The events went very successfully and we are looking forward to the year ahead. Thank you to all our fantastic speakers!


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Exciting opportunity for aspiring political journalists!


Are you interested in Political Journalism? Aged 18-24? Look no further!

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is committed to providing to high quality work experience placements for young people across a multitude of different industries and professions. We hope in doing this, to give young people a chance to access professions that may prove difficult for them to get in to otherwise and to increase diversity in industries where many different communities and minorities are under-represented. In light of this aim, we are delighted to announce the relaunch of our Political Journalism work placement programme!

The programme is operated in partnership with the staff and journalists at the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Those selected for the two-weeks work experience will be shadowing journalists from some of the most renowned national media outlets.

The Press Gallery, based in Westminster, is the historic and contemporary home of British Political Journalism. It is home to over 300 newspapers, wire services, radio stations, television channels and internet journalists whose job requires them to be based at Parliament.

This prestigious opportunity will allow you to learn some ‘tricks of the trade’ from some of the most accomplished journalists in the Country, but will also allow an invaluable opportunity to build your own professional network and produce your own content under the tutelage of industry experts.

The Programme was borne out of the need to give young people from backgrounds that are traditionally under-represented in the field of Journalism a chance to get their “foot in the door”.

As such we strongly encourage you to apply if you:

  • Come from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background.
  • Were the recipient of Free School Meals.
  • Are the first generation of your family to attend University.

You don’t have to tick all the boxes, however if none of the above apply to you it is advisable not applying.

There are a few basic criteria that you need to hit to be eligible for the placement, these are:

  • Being between the age of 18 and 24
  • Attaining a Grade C or above in GCSE English

Also as the internship is full time for two-weeks, it is also advisable that you live within commutable distance from Westminster.

You’ll also be asked to complete a personal statement and a written task answering two topical questions about British politics.

To apply, please download and complete the application forms below and return both to



Aspiring young Journalists wanted for youth-led digital Magazine!

Calling all Aspiring Journalists!

Are you interested in any of the following issues?

  • Politics
  • Current Affairs
  • Issues that affect you and your community
  • Music
  • Entertainment
  • Sport

Aged 18-24? Want the opportunity to expand your journalistic skillset? Look no further!

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is looking for enthusiastic young people with an interest in journalism to work on the new edition of SLIK Magazine. SLIK (Stephen Lawrence Instils Knowledge) is the flagship publication of the Trust and has recently received the funding to get up and running again. Click here for examples of past editions.

This will be a great opportunity to develop your skills, produce content around the issues that matter to you, receive training and expertise from industry professionals and attend workshops about how to get in to the media profession.

Over a 6-month period, we will work towards the production of a digital magazine and a blog which will continuously publish content. The extensive links of the Trust mean we have great channels of access to prominent public figures, in past editions SLIK has featured people like: Boris Johnson, Chuka Ummuna, David Lammy and Beverley Knight.

The Trust runs a number of different programmes that are highly relevant to young people. Your involvement in SLIK may lead to further opportunities, including our prestigious Political Journalism internship at the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

Being involved in SLIK will give you chance to gain some experience in the following aspects of the media profession:

  • Utilising social media effectively
  • How to write articles/map content
  • Photojournalism (basics of)
  • Photoshop, INDesign
  • Blogging
  • Videography

If all this sounds good so far and you’re keen to get involved, then please email and briefly answer the following questions:

  1. What issues are you most interested in?
  2. What aspect of journalism and the media are you most keen to explore?
  3. How would being involved in SLIK help your development as a journalist/potential career in the media?