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Canning Town students receive mentoring and work placements after school wins competition

PUBLISHED: 10:36 13 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:55 15 May 2015

Ian Crockford, project director for The International Quarter, and his mentee Morgan Anderson from Eastlea Community School

Ian Crockford, project director for The International Quarter, and his mentee Morgan Anderson from Eastlea Community School

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Five business minded Canning Town students have received work placements and mentoring sessions with industry professionals after their school won a sustainable development competition.

Eastlea Community School presented their ideas for ensuring that new communities evolve and thrive in the new The International Quarter development in Stratford to a panel of judges – and beat four other borough based schools in the process.

The students presented on themes including society and engagement, physical environment and environmental sustainability.

The challenge was run by Lend Lease, the developers of The International Quarter, and 15billion-ebp, which connects Newham schools to businesses so students can gain insight into working life.

“Our aim for the school challenge was to engage and challenge students to approach learning and their career and personal development in a practical and creative way, which we believe is important preparation for work in the 21st century,” a Lend Lease spokesperson said.

Cumberland School, Chobham Academy, Rokeby School and Forest Gate School also entered the competition.

The five winning students from the Pretoria Road school have received five face-to-face mentoring sessions over six months with professionals from Lend Lease on improving confidence, communication and trying new things and they also undertook a two week work experience placement at Lend Lease.

Student Morgan Anderson said: “It has opened my eyes to future job opportunities.”


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