One in eight disadvantaged children in the UK don’t own a book. Those that do are 15 times more likely to read above the level expected for their age, supporting their future success. In line with our commitment to improve social mobility, we have established a new partnership with the National Literacy Trust (NLT) to give disadvantaged children greater access to books and raise literacy levels.
Our volunteers are working with primary schools in disadvantaged areas to build a love of reading amongst learners. Tom Corbishley, a Senior Cost Manager in our Infrastructure team, is leading our London school programme.
“We can see the impact we’re having on the children’s faces, as we help them to read and bring books to life through creative activities. Each child is given two books to take home from a selection chosen by teachers.
“We’ve also gifted library books which promote STEM subjects and show women in construction roles. Our next phase of activity is a writing competition encouraging children to write creatively about the cities they live in.”
Promoting the industry and attracting the next generation of talent is essential in helping to address the growing skills gap. By providing access to positive male and female role models, we are also demonstrating how opportunities are open to both genders which is crucial in our drive towards greater gender equality.
This case study is part of our corporate responsibility report 2017–18