Students from the City of Leicester School visited multi-disciplinary design practice, rg+p last month (February 2019) as part of The Prince’s Trust Mosaic World of Work programme.
Designed to give young people a greater awareness of the workplace, the Mosaic World of Work programme is a Prince’s Trust initiative which encourages businesses to open their doors to highlight their industry and the variety of careers available; with the hope of increasing understanding and inspiration.
18 pupils, aged between 13 and 14, were invited to rg+p’s Leicester office to spend time with the practice’s professionals as well as participate in a design challenge. One of rg+p’s landscape architects, Jasmein Ayub, who also volunteers at the school, co-ordinated the event.
“As a multi-disciplinary practice, we have many divisions in-house so we could introduce the students to ten different career choices within the property and construction industry, as well as finance, HR, communications, IT and admin,” explains Jasmein. “We then invited them to work alongside some of our architects and masterplanners to design a new development, thinking about all the infrastructure, homes and amenities this might include.
“Using our theatre-style collaboration space, the children were able to present their ideas to the group, which were both imaginative and creative! We hope this gave them some tangible examples of life in the workplace and a wider understanding of how many different skills it requires for a business to operate successfully.”
Hollie Gallantree, Prince’s Trust executive, added: “Real life encounters with local employers and employees is an essential part of raising children’s aspirations. We’re extremely grateful to everyone at rg+p for opening their doors and being so welcoming to these young people, who enjoyed getting an insight into the business.”