Leonor builds herself a career

A young Stopsley woman has embarked on her dream career, thanks to The Prince’s Trust.

Former Putteridge High pupil Leonor Pereira, 24, completed an architecture course at De Montfort University before putting her newfound skills to practise in Maputo, Mozambique.

When she came back to Britain last summer, she spent months looking for a job and then enrolled for a 12 week programme with the Trust.

A work experience placement was organised at Keepmoat in Luton, a company with 80 years’ experience in community regeneration and house building.

She has now been offered a full time job as assistant design co-ordinator.

Leonor said: “As a work experience intern I worked across a number of departments gaining an insight into the workings of regeneration, community investment, skills and training and commercial aspects.

“After my two-week work placement, arranged through The Prince’s Trust, I was offered a temporary position in the bid team to further develop my knowledge and skills.

“I was thrilled to be offered a full time role and am now building a career using the skills I learned on my university architecture course and applying these in the construction industry.”

Trust spokesman John O’Reilly said: “Partnerships between the Trust and leading organisations are invaluable and success stories like Leonor’s prove that young people will jump at the opportunity to secure full time employment.”