The UK Social Mobility Awards 2020 have announced that the Hinkley Connection Project is a finalist in the Community Programme of the Year category. The awards recognise the achievements of businesses and organisations across the country in their work of advancing social mobility.
James Goode, Hinkley Connection Project Director says,
“The Hinkley Connection is a major infrastructure project but also a community engagement programme, designed to connect communities, help breakdown socio-economic boundaries and inspire the next generation of engineers.”
“We are very excited to be shortlisted for our adult skills, education and community grants programmes.”
Working with local authorities impacted by construction of the Hinkley Connection we have made commitments to:
- Support a diverse array of pupils in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) education.
- Support adults back into paid work, with qualifications that will ensure their employment opportunities are sustainable.
- Provide grants for a variety of local community/charity/environmental projects.
By collaborating and engaging with the local communities on the connection route, as of 2020, we’ve been able to:
- Contribute over £280,000 for community, charity, and environmental projects.
- Deliver £195,000 worth of training for 169 local individuals struggling to find sustainable employment – 49% of trainees have secured employment
- Fund STEM resources for 538 schools, plus engage a diverse demographic of pupils in practical STEM activities.
- Reinvest over £3million back into the local economy by hiring local contactors to work on the project.
The UK Social Mobility Awards is organised by leading social mobility charity Making The Leap, who have supported almost 100,000 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds since 1993.
They share National Grid’s ambition that social mobility becomes embedded within business to ensure every child in the country has a chance to succeed, no matter the income of their parents.
This year the awards take place virtually on Thursday 8 October.