Broadgate Connect success stories

Since 2012, Broadgate Connect has helped hundreds of talented east London people find their ideal roles and fulfil their potential within jobs and placements with businesses across the Broadgate neighbourhood. Here are a few of our success stories, in their own words:

Front of house

Christopher of Hackney had been job hunting for two months when he was offered a role with Rapport through Broadgate Connect. 

“Chantell [the former Broadgate Connect liaison] helped me maintain a positive attitude. She went above and beyond to ensure that my core strengths shone in front of employers and advised me on the best course of action. When I was offered a job, I was overjoyed; it almost seemed like a dream. It has given me back a sense of purpose and stability. 

I do front of house in the reception of one of the largest buildings in London. An added bonus is my job allows me to see the view of the entire city every day! The managers have already spoken to me about training to become a supervisor and eventually a manager, so the future looks good. If you put in the effort, do your best, listen and follow advice, succeeding is smooth sailing.”  

Engineering

Glenn of Hackney had been looking for work for 12 months after being made redundant from his job of 17 years. He became a handyman with Broadgate Estates through Broadgate Connect. 

“I was applying for up to two jobs per day and never received replies or feedback. Every piece of help and advice I received from Chantell increased my chances; she led me in the right direction. Her pep talks made me believe I could get the job. When I received the job offer, I could not stop smiling. Being employed has made me feel some self-worth. I’m proud to say that I’m a handyman; each day brings a different problem to solve which I enjoy. My future looks much brighter – brighter than I could have imagined.” 

Landscaping

Louis of Hackney gained a permanent role with Nurture after joining them as an apprentice through Broadgate Connect.

“I was invited for an interview with Chantell at Broadgate Connect, who made me feel welcome, asking me to talk about my experiences, interests, strengths and weaknesses. Two hours later, I was offered a second interview with Nurture who walked me around the estate - soon after, I was offered the apprenticeship. 

The opportunity was amazing; it was close to home and a really nice place to work. I’ve learned so many aspects of gardening, operating machinery and estate management and am now a full time, permanent member of staff working for a leading horticulture company. I’m so glad I found this route - it’s definitely the beginning of my career.” 

Surveying

Abdus of Tower Hamlets had been searching for an apprenticeship for five years before joining Broadgate Estates as Trainee Building Surveyor through Broadgate Connect. 

“When Chantell phoned me, she heard me screaming to my mum and dad about my new job offer - all I could do was shout in happiness. Working with the professionals at Broadgate Estates has allowed me to start my career in surveying. Broadgate has offered me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Living the dream.” 

Cleaning

Amin of Hackney had been looking for work for seven months before gaining a job with Not Just Cleaning through Broadgate Connect. 

“The Broadgate Connect training scheme helped me develop the necessary skills and experience to secure employment. Chantell gave me fantastic help and support and when she and my manager offered me a permanent job, I jumped up and down and hugged them all because I was so excited. I am finally happy, confident and financially stable. My future is bright.” 

Get in touch with Broadgate Connect

For a chat or to find out more, contact Anthony Lee on 020 7505 4008 or via anthony.lee@elba-1.org.uk

About Broadgate Connect
Broadgate Connect is funded by British Land as part of Bright Lights, British Land’s skills and employment programme. Broadgate Connect is delivered in partnership with the East London Business Alliance and Broadgate Estates.

Click the links for more of our inspiring success stories or, if you’re a business or a Hackney or Tower Hamlets resident, find out more about how Broadgate Connect can transform your future. 

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