80 Tours and Presentations

2 Aug 2016

With the launch of our new Community Engagement Report, we are celebrating each of the headline achievements featured. Here we talk about activity at our centres to deliver 80 tours and presentations to local young people between 2013 and 2016.

​Barnet Education Business Partnership

The Education Business Partnership link schools and businesses to deliver a variety of work related programmes that develop young people’s personal skills whilst enhancing their employability. 

Members of the Brent Cross Management team have worked with Barnet EBP over the past nine years, delivering a range of activities that include interview skills sessions; CV advice workshops; masterclasses in finance and media. The team at Brent Cross also host workshops that showcase the variety of jobs within a retail shopping centre; and provide the Retail Challenge Programme – a fun event targeted at Year 12 Business Students. Competing teams of students are mentored by a centre retailer to develop a solution to a specific retail case study.

Tom Nathan, General Manager at Brent Cross said: 

“This is a fantastic event which consistently generates great feedback from students, their teachers and the retailers involved. At the end of the day, students leave us with more knowledge of the retail world and some are inspired to choose it as a career for the future.”

Brent Cross also deliver Graduate 'Experience Days' giving graduates a behind the scenes look at the workings of a major shopping centre. As part of the workshop, students are challenged with the following brief: 

'You own Brent Cross and are running a road show promoting sustainable products within the centre.  Outline a retailer/s you would approach to be involved, which products would you select for the audience in our centres and how you would encourage the retailer to participate. What benefits would you offer to the retailer and how you would aim to promote their brand?'  

These workshops lead onto workplace placements for five students.  Between 2013 and 2016, the Brent Cross team took 24 students through to work placements via this route, helping to raise awareness of careers in property and employability skills along the way.