The first anniversary of the Bristol Property Inclusion Charter was marked by an online event titled “Bridging the Gap”.
The Charter was founded and launched by Karl Brown in November 2019 and is the first city-wide property inclusion charter in the UK. Karl is a commercial property Partner at national law firm Clarke Willmott LLP and Chair of the Bristol Property Inclusion Commission (which supports the implementation of the Charter objectives).
The Charter is intended to drive diversity and inclusion in the Bristol Property industry/sector and now has 38 signatories ranging from Bristol City Council, City of Bristol College, property service companies such as Avison Young, developers such as First Base and YTL, housing associations such as United Communities and LiveWest and a range of other companies/organisations connected with the property industry.
The online “Bridging the Gap” event was held to show property industry employers how they can engage with young people from under- represented backgrounds. David Dibble, Head of Construction at City of Bristol College, gave a presentation on the £9m Advanced Construction Skills Centre being built by the college at its South Bristol centre and is due to open in September 2021.
The scheme includes a 2,800 sqm construction centre, 750 sqm refurbishment of an existing building and a construction yard. The centre will deliver higher apprenticeships alongside construction courses for trades in wood, brick and plaster for young people as well as qualifications for professionals already working in the field.
The second speaker, Poku Osei, CEO of Queen’s award- winning social enterprise, Babbasa, spoke about how Babbasa can facilitate and provide connections between less privileged young people in Bristol and employers. Poku also mentioned Babbasa’s new published research report “Bridge To Equality”.
Karl Brown said: “The events of 2020 have shown more than ever the importance of helping raise the aspirations of young people and providing viable opportunities to young people. The property industry has a fantastic range of opportunities but needs to ensure that the make-up of those in the industry reflects 21st century Bristol.
“I believe the Bristol Property Inclusion Charter can play a major role in achieving these objectives and I am grateful to the companies/organisations who have become signatories and would welcome more local property companies/organisations signing up to the Charter and pledging to make the property industry a potential career avenue for all hard working and talented young people regardless of their background.”