This is a guest post from Barbara Williams, Business Development Coordinator at Lovell Partnerships (and frequent Alumni host). Lovell has been with Future of London since the early days, and is sponsoring the first annual Future of London Mentor Awards, to recognise and celebrate the 250+ talented and insightful people who generously share their time with FoL Leaders candidates. We thank you all – and hope to see you at the awards, part of the #Alumni500 Celebration at Royal Festival Hall on 21st October. Info and registration here.
As Future of London’s longest-running partner, Lovell started sponsoring FoL courses in 2012, as part of our drive to show leadership, pave the way for continuous improvement and build meaningful relationships in our sector.
Lovell continues to co-sponsor the Future London Leaders programme; regularly hosts Alumni Network briefings; and places staff on Future London Leaders and Leaders Plus.
We have a strong internal and external mentoring culture – fittingly, Stuart Gibbons, Regional Managing Director, London & Southern (centre, with current Lovell graduates; recent grads below), was just nominated by his Future of London mentee for FoL’s first annual Mentor Awards!
We also demonstrate our ethos with Lovell’s own graduate, trainee and work experience offer. We’re passionate – and practical – about providing inclusive and diverse work experience, apprenticeships and placements to young people and graduates from all social and ethnic backgrounds.
Placements often lead to career progression within the company, where they gain valuable experience and benefit from being nurtured in a vibrant business. Here are just a few recent success stories:
Niamh Murray is in the midst of Lovell’s graduate scheme: “I started in January 2021, working from home at the height of Coronavirus, but everyone made me feel very welcome. Since then, I have been to welcome days and graduate induction days in the London and Tamworth offices, meeting other graduates from the region and across the country.
“The rotational scheme allows you to explore construction industry roles you may not have considered. For example, working in the commercial department, which I had little knowledge of, has really helped my professional development. It’s often difficult to know exactly what you want to do even after doing a degree. The Lovell graduate scheme offers great flexibility and options to explore what you enjoy and are best suited to.”
Nathan Hadfield, studying architecture at Nottingham, says of his summer 2021 Lovell work experience: “Having an in-depth approach to the construction industry and meeting highly qualified people in the field was an invaluable experience for my continuing study and one for which I am grateful.”
One inspiring example is how Lovell enabled apprentice Sam Goodbody’s success. At 21, Sam joined as an apprentice and was one of only a handful of profoundly deaf people working in the UK’s construction industry. He is now a qualified electrician.
HR Manager Liz Scott sums it up: “Lovell attracts top graduates because of the quality and structure of our training programme, which provides a clear learning path so graduates can make informed career choices. Graduates come to Lovell expecting it to be challenging yet rewarding and that commitment and drive usually result in a permanent role. We need to recruit for the future and our Graduate Scheme enables us to nurture talent from within.”
Looking to the future as we do, Lovell is delighted to support and attend Future of London’s #Alumni500 celebration. We know the event will bring together some of the sector’s most visionary contributors – people who share our passion for innovation, ambition and a desire to build better futures for everyone.
The Lovell business is characterised by innovation, ambition and vision with five guiding principles: protecting people, developing people, improving the environment, enhancing communities and working closely with the supply chain.
Lovell is a partnership housing expert and a leading provider of innovative residential construction and regeneration developments across England, Scotland and Wales, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Morgan Sindall. In 1971, Lovell built the first affordable partnership homes. Fifty years later, this pioneering spirit sustains its commitment to working with communities as they transform themselves. With 858 employees across the UK, Lovell has a formidable delivery capability, working in partnership with local authorities, housing associations, the MoD and other valued partners.