Nearly one-fifth of the global school-age population are missing out on a quality education. As well as recognising the great challenge this presents to society, we also anticipate how this will contribute to a growing skills gap in our industry. As a result, we have built a holistic education and employability programme that seeks to remove barriers to opportunity, raise aspirations and unlock talent at every step of the education journey.
Our work starts in pre-schools and primary schools in some of the most disadvantaged communities that are close to our offices. In the UK, we are working with Action for Children to provide grants to families struggling to pay for basic school supplies such as uniforms or books. This year we raised £154,000 for our Education Fund to help the charity continue this fundamental work.
We run similar programmes around the world to provide children with basic necessities. For example, our office in Bangalore funded the refurbishment of facilities in a nearby children’s centre where our people have been running English language sessions for the children who live there.
Many of our programmes rely on the time and skills of our people. Our partnership with the National Literacy Trust launched this year in five primary schools across the UK, and as well as donating books and lesson resources, we run workshops to inspire a love of reading and encourage involvement in STEM. Similarly, we are growing our partnership with JINC in the Netherlands. Aimed at senior school students in disadvantaged communities, the workshop programme builds employability skills and encourages young people to consider roles in the construction industry.
We are committed to providing opportunities for young people to reach their potential, for example we actively support the Design Engineer Construct curriculum in schools. During our work experience week, we set challenges for GCSE students in three UK schools to give them real insights into programme delivery.
We also look for ways to encourage and support school leavers and university graduates to join our industry. We had 220 people join our graduate and apprenticeship programme across the world this year. Where we are unable to offer these opportunities at present, we work directly with universities or charities to attract the best untapped talent. Particular successes have been seen in the Americas where we are growing our university engagement programme in Latin America. In the USA, we are growing our partnership with Year Up to give young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds work experience inside our business.
In the year ahead, we have committed to reaching 5,000 children and young people globally through our #TT5000futures campaign. In so doing, we will be furthering our contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals of quality education, reduced inequalities and no poverty. This means that we are redoubling our efforts across all of our education and employability programmes, growing our impact and helping children who need our support most.
This page is part of our corporate responsibility report 2017-2018