Early Talent

National Grid: Human tech to empower diverse talent

Company

National Grid

Industry

Utilities

Employees

23000

Opportunity

National Grid wanted to encourage innovation in engineering, and give back to the areas in South London affected by their tunnelling works. They wanted to attract diverse talent from those areas, and encourage young people into STEM subjects.

Implementation

Connectr and National Grid collaborated to design an ambitious five-year programme that will reach over 100,000 underrepresented young people across South London. It will combine both face-to-face and digital engagement.

The activities include an annual online challenge, STEM workshops, ‘Assembly takeovers’ and more. As a result, the programme will help to inspire the next generation and fill the 400,000 jobs which are key to the energy industry meeting its Net Zero targets by 2050.

Impact

Initial results from the pilot saw:

  • 103 attendees across 2 schools (62% from minority ethnic backgrounds, 45% identified as female)
  • 67% of attendees are now interested in pursuing a career in the energy sector
  • 85% of attendees felt clearer about their future options
  • 96% of attendees feel more informed about the energy sector
  • 94% of attendees found the facilitators engaging
  • 67%

    of attendees are now interested in pursuing a career in the energy sector

  • 85%

    of attendees felt clearer about their future options

We want to empower pupils to pursue STEM subjects at schools and universities and Connectr is the perfect partner to help us achieve this. The project is not only essential to provide a pipeline of talent for our business but will also improve the career prospects of thousands of young people from some of London’s most disadvantaged areas.

National Grid