Bright Lights Virtual Employment Programme

Paddington Central launches virtual employment course to support community emerge from lockdown

Paddington Central is launching a free employment revival training course to help jobseekers in the borough of Westminster to refresh and develop the skills needed to help them find work.

The Bright Lights Virtual Employment Programme will start on 26th April for two weeks and is aimed at anyone who is currently unemployed, at risk of redundancy or on furlough with an uncertain future – either as a result of the pandemic, or due to other circumstances.

The training will be delivered via a virtual classroom and will include sessions to help recruits to develop their CV, build interview and employability skills, prepare for new recruitment practices, and develop digital communication skills. The programme will also provide job application support, the chance to hear from a variety of employers about their recruitment processes, information on local employment opportunities, and access to a personal mentor.

Participants will have guaranteed interviews upon completion of the course across a range of companies delivering services at Paddington Central.  Those who complete the course will also receive ongoing support for up to six months, tailored to their specific needs and ambitions.

The virtual training programme is being funded by Paddington Central owner, British Land, as part of its ongoing commitment to the local community, in partnership with The Launch Group. It forms part of British Land’s wider Bright Lights skills and employment initiative which helps people of all ages and abilities discover their potential through training, work placements, graduate schemes, internships, and apprenticeships.

Rob Stickland, Estate Director at Paddington Central, Westminster said:

We are dedicated to creating opportunities for our local community and are delighted to launch our newly developed virtual employment programme which allows people impacted by the pandemic to boost their skills and prepare for their future career. It’s been a challenging year for many, so we want to support as best we can and give people the best chance of securing employment in Paddington and the wider London area.”


To find out more about the course, or to book a place, contact Claire Fuller, recruitment manager for The Launch Group on 0191 216 8456 or

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Notes to editors

About Paddington Central

Paddington Central is an 11-acre mixed use campus close to Paddington station in London’s West End. It’s approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Marble Arch and is well served by Paddington station, a major London rail and tube interchange, with excellent connections to Heathrow airport via the newly opened Heathrow Express and Crossrail in 2018. Paddington will be one of only three Crossrail stations in the West End, which will improve connections from the West End to the City and Canary Wharf.

British Land bought a majority ownership of the campus in July 2013 comprising three of the seven buildings and the retail and leisure cluster, totaling 610,000 sq ft along with 350,000 sq ft of consented development. As part of the acquisition British Land also acquired the freehold in respect of 200 residential units sold to St. George on long leases which sit above the retail area. Following the acquisition of One Sheldon Square, British Land owns four buildings and 800,000 sq. ft of space.

Paddington Central has become a thriving community and is home to some of the world’s biggest corporations including Microsoft, Accor, Kingfisher, and Statoil. The office buildings are set amongst two landscaped squares and are situated on the waterside location on the Grand Union Canal, offering an attractive working environment enhanced by a gym, cafes and eateries.


About British Land

Our portfolio of high quality UK commercial property is focused on London Offices and Retail around the UK.  We own or manage a portfolio valued at £13.7bn (British Land share: £10.3bn) as at 30 September 2020 making us one of Europe’s largest listed real estate investment companies.

Our strategy is to provide places which meet the needs of our customers and respond to changing lifestyles - Places People Prefer.  We do this by creating great environments both inside and outside our buildings and use our scale and placemaking skills to enhance and


enliven them.  This expands their appeal to a broader range of occupiers, creating enduring demand and driving sustainable, long term performance.


Our Offices portfolio comprises three office-led campuses in central London as well as high quality standalone buildings and accounts for 65% of our portfolio.  Our Retail portfolio is focused on retail parks and shopping centres, and accounts for 31% of our portfolio.  Increasingly our focus is on providing a mix of uses and this is most evident at Canada Water, our 53 acre redevelopment opportunity where we have plans to create a new neighbourhood for London.


Sustainability is embedded throughout our business. Our places, which are designed to meet high sustainability standards, become part of local communities, provide opportunities for skills development and employment and promote wellbeing.  In April 2016 British Land received the Queen's Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, the UK's highest accolade for business success for economic, social and environmental achievements over a period of five years.


Further details can be found on the British Land website at


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