We want to create new ways for local talent to access jobs, apprenticeships and training programmes with organisations on and around the Park. We want to create new routes into jobs and increase diversity across the creative, digital, construction and built environment sectors. 

We have been working closely with employers and education partners to develop industry-led programmes that develop the skills businesses need and offer young east Londoners a foot in the door. 

So far, over 1,500 young people have accessed training through our programmes and over 900 have moved into employment. 

Find out more about our programmes here:


  • STEP is paid internship programme for young Londoners from Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Newham, funded and developed by LLDC and delivered by Create Jobs (an employability programme by A New Direction) through the Good Growth Hub
    Now in its fourth year, the programme allows young east Londoners to access 12-month, London Living Wage paid traineeships with some of east London’s most exciting cultural and creative organisations. STEP introduces participants to a mentor and a network of peers. The programme also offers a series of twilight training sessions and masterclasses across the year and supports employers to recruit from a diverse local talent pool. 
    Find out more about the STEP programme and read about what the latest cohort are doing by visiting stepblogblog.wordpress.com 


    The organisations involved are: 

    • BBC Proms 
    • Bow Arts 
    • East London Dance
    • Foundation for FutureLondon
    • UAL's London College of Fashion
    • Prettybird
    • Sadler’s Wells
    • Stratford Circus Arts Centre
    • 3 Mills Studios
    • University College London (UCL) 
    • Worldwide FM - Prettybird
    • V&A

    Case study: Edinam Edam-Jordjie, Step Intern


    Edinam Edem-Jordjie, is a STEP intern, who's first internship was with UCL Culture – Exhibitions team and second placement with UCL Culture – Public Programming

    Edinam says: 

    “I recently graduated with a degree in Anthropology. I have lived in Newham my entire life. Though I’m unsure of exactly what I want to be, I have always known that I wanted to work in the arts and heritage sector. I enjoy thinking and contributing to different ways of getting people engaged with the arts, our culture and history through museums and public events such as festivals.

    “I applied for STEP following a year of applying for many paid opportunities within the arts and heritage sector and on the verge of coming to the conclusion that maybe I just wasn’t meant to succeed in this industry. I’ve been fortunate enough to volunteer at institutions such as the Natural History Museum and the HMS Belfast. However, the rejections I got, made me feel like my skills weren’t worth paying for. Then came along STEP.

    "I am currently the first STEP intern at UCL Culture where I’ll complete STEP in two parts - Exhibitions and Public Programming. Through this programme, I have already gotten the chance to do things that just a few months ago seemed completely out of my reach. It’s helped me gain confidence in my skills and worth. It’s made feel like I can succeed in this industry and I am really thankful for that.”

    For more info on STEP, see step-interns.com

  • Want to find out about starting a career in the creative industry? 

    The Creative Opportunity Programme is a two-week bespoke pre-employability training programme for young adults living in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Newham. 

    Designed and delivered with industry professionals, participants attend careers and skills workshops by some of London’s leading creative and cultural organisations including Sadler’s Wells, Royal Opera House, The Yard Theatre and the Whitechapel Gallery.

    Over the two weeks attendees are introduced to live job opportunities in the sector and receive 1-2-1 support and careers guidance to access opportunities.

    Watch the video from our 2017 programme here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1THGKUwVxQ


    Jade Leatham, Community engagement intern at Sadler’s Wells

    After taking part in LLDC’s Creative and Cultural Opportunity Week, dance enthusiast Jade landed an internship at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

    "I’m from Walthamstow and went to De Montfort University in Leicester to study a degree in arts and festival management. My parents got me into music and dance and I learned ballet and piano from an early age. Dance has always been my driving force. It started as a hobby but as I became more and more interested I tried to find ways to make it a career. When I was 20 I got injured, so I decided I wanted to somehow fuse dance and business.

    "When I left uni I picked up bits of work – an internship at the Little Children’s Ballet, a part-time job at the Royal Ballet School and worked as a dance teacher. I knew I didn’t have enough experience so decided to try anything to find a route in. I was getting interviews but just couldn’t get a full-time role.

    "Then I came across Creative and Cultural Opportunity Week and managed to get a place. It started at Sadler’s Wells and then moved to places like Whitechapel Gallery and Here East.

    "There was amazing moral support and really focused on everyone’s individual needs. A lot of us needed that – it was really insightful to have mentors to help you figure out what to do next. It was good to talk to people in similar situations. You create a network just by being there.

    "The hardest thing about the arts is getting a foot in the door. The workshop week led to my internship at Sadlers Wells for a six-month community engagement role. I got lots of help with my application and interview practice. My role involved going into local communities and schools and introducing them to dance in different ways. It was impossible not to enjoy it.

    "After my internship I had a marathon of interviews and I’ve now secured a role as an international examinations administrator at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. The internship gave me the confidence I needed to push myself to the next level. Lots of people are capable of doing the jobs that are out there – you just need to prove you can actually do it.

    "I’m really passionate about getting people engaged in dance and I want to get my enthusiasm across. In the long-term I want to use all my skills and set up my own thing, although I’m not sure what that will be yet."

  • Flipside is a new 3-month Digital Product Design training course, co-created and co-delivered by some of London’s leading digital agencies including ustwo, Made by Many, Beyond, Sennep, and  Reading Room, Ada Nation College for Digital Skills and A New Direction. 

    Open to residents from Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Waltham Forest, Flipsiders are trained by digital agencies and ‘learn by doing’ as they take part in group projects, getting to grips with product design by responding to real briefs, enabling them to build up their portfolio and showcase their work to industry. Follow their journey on twitter @flipside_london. 

    Flipsiders receive a training bursary and are allocated an industry mentor to support their development. A showcase event at the end of the programme enables Flipsiders to network with digital agencies looking to hire new talent. To find out more go to https://flipside-london.com/


    Tufayel Karim, Flipside

    Despite his background in computer programming and IT, Tufayel was unemployed when he applied to participate in Flipside – the digital product design training course co-created and co-delivered with five digital agencies.  He was drawn to Flipside by the opportunity to explore different paths in the digital industry especially those on the more creative-side.

    Mid-way through the three month programme, Tufayel has worked with digital agencies ustwo and Sennep and has pitched his first product to a panel from industry and is moving on to the second live brief working with Beyond and Made by Many.

    Flipside is helping Tufayel to overcome the social anxiety that he faces and the project-based teamwork and presenting experience has given immense amounts of confidence. He has received positive feedback on his prototypes, which has strengthened his drive to be a designer.

  • The London Legacy Development Corporation and Hobs 3D Studio are collaborating on an exciting industry-education partnership that will train local people and under-represented groups in cutting edge 3D print technologies, Digital Visualisation as well as Architectural and Product Modelmaking/Prototyping.

    Led by a range of leading employers, the Hobs 3D/VR/AR Academy will allow students to explore the future application of these technologies in a variety of sectors and industries. With course content developed by Ravensbourne University, the Academy’s offer will centre on high-quality, demand-led skills development in a ‘live’ working environment for approximately 60 students a year from diverse backgrounds in east London.

    Each participant will be provided with all the technology and equipment necessary for the duration of their course, including working in Hobs’ market-leading 3D bureau, and will be given the opportunity to work on real-time industry projects.  The students will then undertake practical industry placements to apply their knowledge and new skills with a range of exciting businesses.


    Each course will have timetabled lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, industry placements and personal learning time. The course itself will be spread between Ravensbourne University, Hobs 3D (Here East) and the designated placement site(s).

    To find out more please email: [email protected]
  • Our major and long-term programme of construction work is transforming the Park and, as part of that, there are opportunities to work in a range of exciting careers in the built environment with some of the UK’s leading employers. 
    As part of all construction works at the Park, we work closely with employers to identify specific skills gaps and recruitment needs. From trade-based roles to technical and professional ones, we put in place programmes that give candidates the training, accreditation and skills that employers require. 
    Through all our construction work, we orchestrate connections and broker relationships. We work with our contractors, operators, tenants, developer partners, the local community and wider stakeholders to deliver benefits to them as employers as well as meaningful, long-term benefits to people in and around the Park.
    So, whether you want to learn the new in-demand trades that industry needs such as dry lining, formwork or groundwork, or you want to become an architect, site supervisor, digital engineer or project manager, the London Legacy Development Corporation has a series of intensive introductory courses and wider programmes to support residents living near the Park embark on exciting careers. 
    All our programmes are fully funded for residents living in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age.


    To find out more please email: [email protected] 
  • The Inspiring Success programme offers graduates an opportunity to identify their strengths, reflect on their experiences and clarify the steps needed to reach their future career goals. Participants will spend time reflecting on their successes and strengths and take part in a practical networking exercise.

    Speakers will cover topics including positive thinking and the significance of mindset and resilience when job hunting or developing in your career. All participants will have access to a careers professional and a business advisor, for personalised guidance and support during the programme.

    Following the programme participants are eligible to apply and be considered for a 100% scholarship for a taught course at Loughborough University London.

    For more information view the Loughborough University website.

    Paul Ntulia, 27, Newham - Msc in Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy.

    Paul completed his first degree at the University of Central Lancaster in Politics and Deaf Studies and applied for the Inspiring Success programme after being referred by Workplace.  Of the two- day employability course, Paul said: “I learned a lot during the two-day programme. It was fantastic and far more in-depth than any programme of its kind that I’ve ever experienced.”

    Paul is Loughborough University London (LUL)’s first deaf student and began his MSc in Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy in September 2016.  “My scholarship has been a dream come true. I have faced a lot of barriers in my life, which could lead people to think that deaf people are less able, but this is a brilliant example to show others that deaf people are also capable of achieving great things.”

    Growing up in Newham, Paul attended Lister Community School and felt he had great role models including deaf instructors and teachers of the deaf who inspired him to realise his potential and continue to achieve a high level of educational attainment.

    Paul’s highlight moment came in 2008, seeing Barack Obama elected as America’s first black president. Paul was also passionately involved in London 2012, working with the Diversity Board and co-chairing the Youth Panel.

    Looking to the future, Paul says "I want to influence policy and become a role model for other people in the same boat as me."

    Paul’s drive to succeed was rewarded last week when he graduated with a distinction. On the same day, Paul was appointed to the role of assistant project manager at the Global Disability Innovation Hub, an innovative partnership project hosted by UCL and launched as part of the 2012 Paralympic legacy.


  • The graduate work placement programme currently has opportunities in construction, engineering and architecture. The programme targets young people who attended schools in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest and are studying for an undergraduate degree in one of the disciplines outlined above.

    To date we have placed over 40 local people with practices including Allies & Morrison, PRP, Adam Khan Architects, Buro Happold, Stanton Williams and Lifschutz Davidson Sandiland (LDS) as part of design commitments from Stratford Waterfront, UCL East (both part of East Bank)  and the Aquatics Triangle

    For more information or to register your interest in the graduate work placement programme, please email [email protected]

    Momina Ahmed

     Momina Ahmed

    Studies: Hons Architecture at Greenwich University, completed July 2018. Now starting a Masters in (Spatial Planning) at UCL.

    Programme: LLW design work placements: Lifschutz Davidson Sandiland

    Momina grew up in Newham attending local school Langdon, Sir George Monoux Sixth Form in Waltham Forest then the University of Greenwich for her degree in Architecture.  At the end of her third year of studies, Momina secured a work placement with UCL East design partners Lifschutz Davidson Sandiland (LDS) hearing about the opportunities via a local recruitment campaign through her university.  On completion of her placement, Momina secure a one year Design Assistant position in the LLDC design team.

    "During my 6-week placement I developed a number of skill sets and gained extensive skills of CAD programs such as MicroStation. I also became familiar with understanding planning statements, drawings and documents… all of which is knowledge I have put into practice on daily basis as a Design Assistant at LLDC. Furthermore, working at LDS also provided the opportunity to develop basic employability skills such as team-working, time-management and communication, all of which were essential given the project sizes.

    "Since working at LLDC I learnt something new every single day as there was significant exposure across the industry. Having been involved in a diverse range of projects at various scales throughout RIBA stages 0-7 I have been able to identify and understand essential qualities of architecture, planning and development. My insight into the wider built environment and the opportunities available has impacted on my decision to continue my studies this September with an RTPI and RICS accredited masters in planning at UCL."