London Power Tunnels phase 2 has partnered with social enterprise MyKindaFuture, to deliver a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and careers outreach programme across South London. The programme aims to reach 100,000 secondary school pupils across the project’s 32.5km route, between Wimbledon and Crayford, during the construction of LPT phase 2. This programme, which is being delivered in partnership with our contractors, builds on the success of our original London Power Tunnels project, which engaged over 30,000 school children across the Capital.
This work will give pupils the opportunity to participate in National Grid interactive STEM workshops. It will also deliver careers fairs and online mentoring for students in years 12 and 13, in order to inspire them about careers in science and engineering.
To ensure National Grid can deliver on its broader societal fairness commitments, MyKindaFuture will prioritise STEM based upskilling opportunities for the most disadvantaged schools, colleges and young people across the seven South London boroughs impacted by the construction project.
Volunteers from the LPT phase 2 project will work alongside MyKindaFuture to deliver the various workshops and career sessions, using their experience to help promote careers in National Grid and the wider engineering sector.
Who are MyKindaFuture?
MyKindaFuture (MKF) are experts at the design, outreach and delivery of national STEM engagement programmes, geared specifically towards young people. The social enterprise has also developed a learning and engagement platform that supports young people to take the next step in their transition to work, as well as tracking their progress.
As a socially led business committed to giving every young person equal power and opportunity to share their future, MyKindaFuture works with young people and schools who need it most, providing them with the essential skills and confidence needed to transition to the world of work and to discover new industries in the process.
Time frame for programme roll out
A pilot for the initiative was rolled out in early March, coinciding with British Science and Engineering Week, with members of the LPT project team taking part in workshops with pupils in the London Borough of Southwark. The scheme will be rolled out in full across South London from September 2020, subject to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.
To find out more about the partnership or to get involved, please contact our community relations team on 0800 783 2855 (lines open 24/7), or email us at [email protected]
National Grid LPT Phase 2 Project Director Gareth Burden (left) and Delivery Manager Phil Billington (centre) helping to deliver an interactive workshop for pupils in Southwark during British Science and Engineering Week in March 2020.