EngineeringUK Corporate Member inspiring over 100,000 young people into STEM careers

Dec 2, 2021

National Grid, one of the world’s largest energy companies and EngineeringUK Corporate Member, has been working in partnership with Connectr, previously known as MyKindaFuture, to encourage diverse young people to join them in their bid to help the UK reach its goal of net zero by 2050.

National Grid and Connectr, the UK’s leading underrepresented talent specialist, have delivered impressive impact during year 1 of their 5-year partnership targeting schools in South London to inspire over 100,000 young people into career routes in STEM, working towards a greener grid.

Impacting the future careers of young people

As part of the London Power Tunnels (LPT) Project, National Grid are upgrading a network of cable tunnels between Wimbledon and Crayford to ‘rewire the capital’.

Partnering with Connectr, National Grid are giving back to areas in South London affected by the tunnelling by delivering a comprehensive school engagement programme. The programme aims to encourage young people into STEM subjects and inspire them into their future career choices. Through providing both volunteering opportunities for LPT staff and exciting opportunities for young people to learn and be inspired by hearing directly from engineers, environmental surveyors and more, the partnership hopes to increase the STEM workforce for the future.

Connectr designed an ambitious 5-year programme to deliver both depth and breadth of engagement to the young people who need it most in South London. In the ongoing unpredictable climate, Connectr connected with educators and young people to fully understand their needs during this time, and ultimately launched a blended campaign to reflect these needs, including:

  • STEM workshops for Year 10 students
  • Recruitment webinars for Year 12 and 13 students
  • Virtual Q&A sessions
  • Digital mentoring and learning resources delivered through Connectr
  • Resource pack for students
  • July virtual work experience

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