It’s not every day that a major engineering project like this takes place near to where people live and work.
As part of our commitment to leave a lasting positive legacy in the communities in which we work, we’ve a number of initiatives to engage schools and the wider community in the project.
Inspiring the next generation
There’s such a shortage of engineers and for a young person thinking about their future options, engineering can be a really exciting and rewarding career. We’re really passionate about inspiring the next generation of budding engineers by supporting STEM subjects in schools and showcasing the cutting edge engineering happening right here on the project.
With education partner Science Made Simple, we’ve been visiting primary schools in Goxhill and Paull running interactive workshop sessions aimed at making science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects fun and engaging for young children. Over 370 local school children have now taken part in those. You can read all about the latest in our feature on Making Science Simple at Paull Primary.
Staying with the work we’re doing to encourage young people to take an interest in STEM subjects, we’ve also been running a pilot with schools here in North Lincolnshire, Hull and East Riding, offering grants toward the cost of new science equipment. Working with National Grid’s Education and Skills team we’re delighted to say that all 13 schools that applied for grants have been successful. That’s 3,364 pupils across those schools set to benefit from new science equipment!
In line with National Grid’s focus on safety, we’ll also be working with the project contractors visiting local schools to promote road safety, giving practical demonstrations and guidance. The activity will include ‘HGV Awareness’, helping children understand the limited visibility HGV drivers have of pedestrians from their cabs and giving them dos and don’ts to help keep them safe.
Now that we’re pretty much there getting set up on site and preparations to start excavating the tunnel drive shaft are underway, we’re also busy planning our first open day. Whilst we’re working here on the Humber we’ll be making sure we provide opportunities for our neighbours in the community to take a look first hand at the exciting work going on site to tunnel beneath the river.
Supporting Community Initiatives
Because of the very nature of what we do – connecting people to the energy we all use – National Grid is at the heart of communities and each year we make a significant charitable investment in the UK.
Our Community Grant Programme is aimed at community organisations and charities in areas where our operations and site activities impact local people. We fund projects run by charities and community groups that meet local community needs by providing a range of social, economic and environmental benefits.
While we’re working here on the Humber we’ve been raising awareness of the Community Grant Programme and we’re pleased to say that a number of local initiatives have already been successful in securing funding. You can read more about those in our feature on supporting communities.
If your project meets our criteria you can apply for a grant of up to £20,000. For further information and to find out how to apply, visit our Community Grant website.