National Grid’s approach to helping young people and excluded groups find employment has earned it a place on this year’s Responsible Business Awards shortlist.
National Grid is in the running for the Unipart Award for Outstanding Employment after being shortlisted in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards 2017.
The announcement coincided with Responsible Business Week, 24-28 April, held annually to increase awareness of the positive contribution that business makes to society.
The awards panel said National Grid was shortlisted in recognition of its approach across various programmes for young people and excluded groups, which combines recruitment with educational outreach and work experience.
Four programmes feature
Four programmes in particular featured in our submission: the Young Offender Programme; GetSkilled, which provides work skills development for so-called NEETs – young people not in employment, education or training; our New Talent programmes for apprentices, students and graduates; and EmployAbility – Let’s Work Together, our supported internship programme for young people with learning disabilities.
National Grid chief executive John Pettigrew said the company’s approach “ensures that we are building a workforce that meets the needs of our business, reflects the communities where we work and also helps to create a fairer and more inclusive society where everyone can reach their full potential.
“I would encourage other businesses to provide similar opportunities,” he added.
Chris Train, chief executive of National Grid Gas Distribution, said “National Grid has a strong legacy of supporting young people and excluded groups into employment, an approach that benefits the young people and the communities we serve while supporting the business. Our gas distribution business will continue to champion this approach in the future”.
Celebrating inspiring businesses
The BITC Responsible Business Awards, now in their 20th year, celebrate inspiring businesses which are making a difference by taking action to build more inclusive workplaces, stronger communities and tackle environmental challenges.
Amanda Mackenzie, chief executive of Business in the Community, said: “We want all businesses to be a force for good in the community. Being shortlisted means that National Grid can inspire many more companies to be part of the responsible business movement, so that together we can work for a fairer society and a more sustainable future.”
The winners of all 10 categories, including the Responsible Business of the Year, will be announced at the Responsible Business Gala Dinner at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 4 July, in front of 1,200 business leaders.
Find out more
You can find out more about Responsible Business Week 2017 here or by searching for the hashtag #RBweek.