#TT5000futures – Helping 6,060 young people with education and employment

Lydia Parnell

Global Corporate Responsibility Manager

On the one year anniversary of our #TT5000futures campaign, we are delighted to announce that we have not only met, but exceeded our ambitious target of reaching 5,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and children through our education and employment programmes.

Highlights

  • 6,060 Children and young people reached
  • 7,968 employee volunteer hours
  • £492K in charitable donations
  • 28% of colleagues taking part globally
  • 70 charities and organisations worldwide

Nearly one-fifth of the global school-age population are missing out on a quality education and six out of ten children and adolescents are not achieving a minimum level of proficiency in reading and maths. For many young people, education is the key route for them to reach their true potential.

Our #TT5000futures campaign supports Turner & Townsend’s global commitment to improving social mobility by removing barriers to education and opening up opportunities for children and young people from diverse backgrounds to thrive.

#TT5000futures has been driven by our employees making pledges to take action – whether through career mentoring for underprivileged youth, providing work experience opportunities, giving inspiring talks in schools, becoming ambassadors for science, technology, engineering and maths or taking part in literacy workshops within schools. Here are some comments from our corporate responsibility champions across the globe:

Tom Corbishley, Associate Director, London

“It has been fantastic to be involved in the #TT5000futures campaign, particularly because I truly believe it has a transformational impact on children's lives. Growing up in the area where our London partner schools are based has given me an appreciation of the enormous long-term impacts of encouraging reading for fun and access to positive role models can have on people's futures.”

Alessandra Arciero, Associate Director, Newcastle

“We have gone above and beyond in contributing to #TT5000futures and are dedicated to making a difference for future generations. We are part of the Design Engineer Construct programme, School Programmes and the National Literacy Trust initiative. We are always engaging with our networks within the business to maximise the number of students we are reaching out to.”

Caroline Hyde, Cost Manager, Heathrow

“Working with the National Literacy Trust programme has been an extremely fun and rewarding experience. I have enjoyed witnessing the volunteer’s energy when delivering the workshops and the children’s appetite to learn and take part in new activities. I believe our programmes have a great impact on inspiring the next generation, which is important for addressing the skills gap in construction.”

Brian Shuptrine, Managing Director, South East Asia

“As part of the #TT5000futures campaign I travelled to Sentul, Indonesia with 20 other Turner & Townsend colleagues to help improve the lives of over 100 children at a local community school. We engaged with the students hearing their aspirations and dreams, and showcased to them what a career in the construction industry looks like. I would like to personally thank everyone involved who volunteered their time and money to be there. This was honestly one of the proudest moments of my career!”

Over the past year, our #TT5000futures campaign has enabled us to reach 70 charities and organisations across the globe, and establish a breadth of charity partnerships including Habitat for Humanity (Indonesia), The National Literacy Trust (UK), Variety (Australia and New Zealand) and The Children’s Defence Fund (US).

#TT5000futures reflects our ongoing commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which guides our corporate responsibility strategy and wider business growth.

For further information contact:

Lydia Parnell
Global Corporate Responsibility Manager