Tuesday 16th April 2024

We team up with Leyton Orient Trust to challenge stereotypes

Our team joined forces with Leyton Orient Trust to hold anti-discrimination workshops at two Waltham Forest primary schools as part of an emerging partnership between the two organisations.

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Supporting our communities

Female staff from Taylor Wimpey and our subcontractor Elmech visited George Mitchell Primary School and Emmanuel Primary School to talk to over 100 Year 5 children about their work in the construction industry. They covered the many different roles available to women, and some of the barriers they had faced and broken during their careers.

The visits were part of Leyton Orient Trust’s programme of workshops around the borough that aim to challenge stereotypes and inspire youngsters to follow their dreams.

Taylor Wimpey is building new homes at Coronation Square, a major regeneration project with Waltham Forest Council, next to Leyton Orient’s Breyer Group Stadium. The housebuilder is working with the Trust on a number of projects and has also donated £500 to support its Show Racism The Red Card event with primary schools.

Lisa Beresford, Apprentice Manager for Taylor Wimpey London, said: “Construction is traditionally a male-dominated industry so it’s really important that we can talk to young people about the many opportunities.”

“Coronation Square is a huge project in Leyton so we wanted to show the children that there are a wide range of roles for both men and women on our site. It was lovely to see how interested they were and inspiring to hear some of the intelligent questions that they asked. We’re looking forward to continuing our work with Leyton Orient Trust into 2024 and beyond.”
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Lisa was joined by Sibriina Kinnunen, Assistant Technical Coordinator for Taylor Wimpey London, and Lisa Paul, Apprentice Plumber for Elmech, Sara Calvo, Business Development Manager from training provider Simian, as well as Rosie Hart, Enterprise Coordinator (Waltham Forest) for Redbridge Council.

James Court, Primary Schools Manager for the Leyton Orient Trust, said: “Leyton Orient Trust were honoured to work with Taylor Wimpey on the anti-discrimination workshops focusing on stereotyping genders in job roles. These workshops were aimed at highlighting that gender, age, race does not exclude anyone from reaching their potential and working in any job role or environment.”