25 September 2019

Bps Wins Gold at Evcom Clarion Awards 2019

Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) recently received the Gold award for its local schools programme in the Education and Training category at the EVCOM Clarion Awards 2019. 

Hosted at The Design Museum in Kensington on 5th September, The EVCOM Clarion Awards celebrate and recognize excellence in corporate social responsibility and game-changing educational initiatives. Other categories at this year’s awards included Environment, Social Welfare, Health and Wellbeing, Diversity and Inclusion. 

BPSDC launched the schools programme in January 2019 in partnership with EdComs, the UK’s leading Education, Insight and Marketing specialists, and offers free workshops for Key Stage 2 & 3 classes (children aged 7 to 14 years old) at primary and secondary schools in Wandsworth. Pupils travel to the iconic London landmark every Monday during term time to learn about the past, present and future of Battersea Power Station with workshops designed to link up with the curriculum. 

Alex Baker, Director of Communities & Sustainability at Battersea Power Station Development Company said: 
“On behalf of our shareholders, we are thrilled to have won the Gold award in the Education and Training category at this year’s EVCOM Clarion Awards. Since launching the schools programme, we have seen over 800 students take part in the free sessions and have won three awards, which is a fantastic achievement. As community builders, we are very conscious that today’s children are the future visitors, residents and workers of Battersea Power Station. We want to inspire children with the Power Station project and encourage them to work hard and to aspire to great things.” 

Rob Kitson, Live Director at EdComs said:
“We have loved working with Battersea Power Station Development Company to create the schools programme. The commitment they have shown to all the schools in the local community has been fabulous. It’s been great to watch the sense of wonder on the pupils’ faces as they engage with the Battersea Power Station story. As the schoolchildren will be invited to visit the site every year, they will develop a close relationship with the development as it grows as they do. We hope to be there with them helping to shape the story.”

The Battersea Power Station mixed-use development project comprises eight phases and combines retail, offices, leisure and hospitality and residential. It will create 20,000 new jobs and generate long term career opportunities for local residents. As part of the wider schools programme, secondary school students receive CV advice, careers guidance, interview practice and work experience to prepare them for their future careers. 

Battersea Academy of Skills and Employment (BASE), created by BPSDC offers a bespoke jobs and training service to the local community of Wandsworth and Lambeth. To ensure that local residents occupy long-term job opportunities within the development; BASE has partnered with local colleges, schools, community organizations and local jobs programmes. In partnership with Work Match, the programme will provide skills training, accredited qualifications and apprenticeship schemes to the local community.