Young people learning about careers in energy and our community involvement are our two shortlisted nominations for this year’s Community Contribution category.
Both short-listed projects – one in the UK and one in the US – have engaged in communities where we work to explain about the industry, possible careers and what we do in their area.
Careers in energy (US)
Careers in Energy Week is a national effort by the Center of Energy Workforce Development to increase the public’s awareness about energy careers.
Joe Carroll from the Massachusetts community and customer management team explained: “We organised a week-long event as part of National Grid’s commitment to engage with local communities and encourage the next generation of the energy workforce. Volunteers visited local middle, high and vocational schools and veterans to explain our role in the energy industry.
“We all felt that the kind words from the students, teachers and principals of the schools, and the veterans gratitude for initiating this program in their communities, was enough fuel to keep us going for this year’s Career Week.
“To be nominated as a finalist for the Community Contribution category felt so great and is a good reward for the time placed in creating a worthwhile experience for these new members of the next wave of energy workforce.
“The colleagues that participated in this event were able to share their knowledge and experience to these students and veterans as they look for future career paths. This activity energises in a different way, allowing the participants to teach what they know and actually viewing the interest from the audience and seeing results.
“The feel-good story is actually seeing it full circle – one veteran participated in the career week and then later joined National Grid as an employee.
“The audience has provided tremendous positive feedback. It is also noticed by the elected officials and offers them a different glimpse of what National Grid can bring to their community.”
London Power Tunnels and City Year (UK)
The London Power Tunnels (LPT), a major construction project to rewire the capital, worked in partnership with City Year UK to deliver an educational engagement programme.
Bilquis Mahmood, Community Relations Adviser in Capital Delivery, said: “The partnership helped us to enhance our reputation in communities where we are working and support National Grid’s wider objectives on education and skills.
“It feels great to be delivering a project that has been shortlisted against some very tough competition.
“The LPT and City Year UK partnership has been used as a vehicle to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects to over 19,000 young people in 130 schools, which we hope will encourage people to study engineering.
“By targeting schools along the tunnel route, we were able to make a valuable and significant contribution to the communities where we worked and enhanced National Grid’s reputation.”
You can see a list of all finalists for the ceremony, which takes place on 28 June in Boston, on Our National Grid.