Committed to improving literacy and social mobility

Lydia Parnell

Global Corporate Responsibility Manager


We are pleased to announce that we have re-signed our commitment to the UK National Literacy Trust’s ‘Vision for Literacy’ pledge. Our annual pledge will last through to December 2019.

Our ‘Vision for Literacy’ pledge reflects Turner & Townsend’s commitment to helping children and young people reach their full potential through education. We join 62 fellow national signatories in this to make a collective difference to the community.

“Renewing our Vision for Literacy pledge is a key part of our commitment to social mobility. In 2019 onwards, we will continue to make a real, tangible impact to the futures of children nationwide.”

Patricia Moore, UK Managing Director

In partnership with the National Literacy Trust (NLT), our tailored reading programme aims to break down barriers to education, instil a passion for reading in the next generation and raise awareness of careers in construction. This pledge will focus on early years’ literacy and social mobility skills by:

  • Delivering change in local communities through reading workshops, book gifting and teacher resources
  • Engaging employees in the National Literacy Challenge
  • Supporting the national campaign to enhance literacy levels.

Transforming lives through literacy

The UK’s skills gap is a key issue for businesses, individuals and the wider society. By improving literacy rates we will be supporting children in gaining key skills to enhance their employment and education opportunities.

This is crucial, given the country has among the lowest teenage literacy ranking, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)1. Low literacy rates also affect the UK economy’s competitiveness. Research suggests that if every child left primary school with the reading skills they require, our economy could be over £32.1 billion larger by 20252.

During 2019 we will continue to take a leading role in enhancing literacy in local communities, through employee engagement. We have doubled our NLT partnership this year across the country and increased the number of interventions we are undertaking in each school. We are also exploring what role we can play in pre-school and at-home interventions.

Learn more about our commitment to corporate social responsibility at Turner & Townsend.

OECD, (2016) Skills Studies Report, ‘Building Skills for All: A Review of England’.

2 'How reading can help children escape poverty' (2014), published by Save the Children on behalf of the 'Read On, Get On' campaign.