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Over 200 Year 9 students attend inspirational careers talk at Sedgehill School

On Wednesday 22nd March, we organised an inspirational speaker session for the whole of Year 9 at Sedgehill School. The aim was to increase the students’ knowledge of the various career options available and hopefully inspire them.

The speakers were Farah Bhatti, a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Cyril Molony, an Electrical Engineeer, and Ray Pope, Talent and Acquisition Manager at Universal Music. All spoke of their journey through education and into the world of work. They mentioned the various challenges they had faced and gave the students their tips and advice for success.

In feedback, one student said “they were really motivational and inspiring”, while another said “I love the message about never giving up”.

The inspirational speaker session formed part of our Career Pathway programme, which aims to support young people to make informed career choices by providing them with the necessary information, skills and experience – as well as inspiration. You can read more about the programme and how to get involved here

Thank you very much to Farah, Ray and Cyril for giving up their time to speak to the students at Sedgehill.


UWE Bursaries


Wildlife Filmmaking

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has partnered with the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol) to offer a unique bursary for a young person wanting to study towards a prestigious MA in Wildlife Filmmaking.

The UWE Bristol / BBC Wildlife Filmmaking Master course is a practical, one year MA, featuring masterclasses from industry leaders, practitioners and experts in the field and craft of wildlife filmmaking. As well as receiving the bursary the recipient will receive bespoke mentoring throughout and after the course.

In order to be considered for the bursary, you apply through UWE’s website and mark your application with “SLCT Bursary”.

Creative Producing

We’ve also partnered with UWE to expand the Bursary Programme to their new MA in Creative Producing. UWE will kindly be offering two half Bursaries for the Programme

In today’s rapidly evolving creative and cultural industries, there is a growing need for talented producers who can apply their ideas and skills across existing and emerging platforms, and technologies to produce new kinds of experience design.

More Information about the course can be found here

In order to be considered for the bursary, you apply through UWE’s website and mark your application with “SLCT Bursary”

If you have any queries regarding the Bursary please email 


Stephen Lawrence Bursary recipient named Architect of the Year

The Trust was thrilled to hear that one of our bursary alumni, Simone de Gale, has been named Architect of the Year at the Women in Construction awards 2017!

Simone was a recipient of the Stephen Lawrence Bursary in 2008 and since then she has gone on to flourish within the architecture industry. She has successfully built her own architecture practice, Simone de Gale Architects to much acclaim. Simone has remained a positive advocate of Trust and has been actively involved with our Building Futures Programme.

Simone’s success encapsulates perfectly the impact the Trust can have with our bursary award. By helping aspiring architects at the right point in their career and removing financial barriers, we can help them unlock their full potential and succeed within the profession.

Congratulations to Simone, we look forward to seeing what you accomplish next.

If you would like to know more about how you could support out bursary prize, please contact

Calling all sharp, analytical, and independent people!

  • Are you interested in Public Policy, Foreign Affairs, International Government or Cyber Security?
  • Do you have at least a 2.2 degree?
  • Are you British?
  • Do you have fantastic interpersonal, research and IT skills?

If yes, the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust would like to invite you to apply for a unique and fantastic opportunity to work within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

This is a rare and fascinating opportunity only currently available through the trust and could include:

  • Opportunities to broaden your skills
  • Opportunities to move into management
  • Opportunities for Foreign Travel

For more information and for an informal conversation please contact: Chelsea or Yvonne on 0208 100 2800 or email a CV, cover letter and a photo to:

The Stephen Lawrence Bursary award 2017 is now open for applications!

We are delighted to announce that the annual Stephen Lawrence Bursary award is now open for applications. The Bursary has always been, and remains, an important aspect of our work.

The annual award of the Bursary is designed to help aspiring architects from BAME backgrounds alleviate some of the financial pressures of studying to become an architect. The 7-year journey to become an architect is a costly one, and as such, many students from poorer backgrounds often drop out without fully qualifying.

Details about how to apply for this year’s Bursary can be found here

You can read more about the recipients of last year’s award here


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.