As a business we’ve always enjoyed a fantastic relationship with schools based in the areas we work, with more than positive feedback from children, teachers and parents.
This has mainly been through an ad hoc approach, leading dedicated projects to improve our relationship with the community, or in collaboration with a client’s own community programme.
As nmcn grows, we recognise that there is a need for a more structured approach to working with schools to maximise the benefits of such fantastic initiatives.
As a contractor working on major infrastructure projects, our sites often have the potential to impact directly on the day-to-day lives of the people living in those areas – whether this is by increased traffic around highways projects, an influx of delivery vehicles, or increased noise from large plant or machinery.
So, it’s important to build relationships with communities local to our sites and offices and ensure that their needs and concerns are being addressed.
What’s more, as an industry we are facing our worst ever skills crisis, so it’s vital that we work hard now to inspire future generations of construction workers at every level.
The Chartered Institute of Building reports that the building workforce will require 157,000 new recruits by 2021 to keep up demand. By pledging to educate school children about the industry, we can do our bit to ensure we continue to attract skilled workers to our industry.
This is why we’ve set ourselves some big targets as part of our Positive Impact Plan 2025 under the Community Schools Programme, committing to engage with at least 5,000 children by 2025.
Keeping our communities on board
Our Community Schools programme will continue to work hard to create connections with children and their families in the areas in which we work, on both a short and medium-term basis. These schools may be close to any of our offices across the UK or, more commonly, in the areas in which our on-site teams are working.
As part of this commitment we have created and will continue to develop a wide range of activities, games and workshops for our colleagues to use when they visit schools, along with nmcn Schools Kits, which will give children in our communities the chance to try their own PPE.
We are also recruiting our own Community School Ambassador Team to help us with delivery of this program to ensure we maximise our positive impact.
Inspiring future generations
We’re also delighted to be launching a Flagship School Programme which will help us create lasting partnerships with schools close to our offices or long-term sites.
This programme will be limited to a small number of schools and work with 7-11 year olds on a long-term basis, with at least one school visit each term. In its pilot year, the scheme will be working with one school close to our Huthwaite head office to create an engaging programme of activity.
The Flagship School Scheme will create engagement programmes which will support both the national curriculum and Ofsted standards, and inspire future generations to consider careers in construction.
We hope that this two-pronged approach will ensure the support and understanding of the communities we are working within and inspire the next generation of workers within the industry.
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