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STEM Ambassadors give young people a helping hand

Jackson employees have taken part in a week-long initiative to give young people from disadvantaged areas an insight into the world of civil engineering.

Ten of Jackson's STEM Ambassadors, who have been trained to promote the opportunities open to students studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), took part in the programme organised by Speakers for Schools.

The team presented three, two-hour online virtual sessions during the week - speaking to more than 60 students about the exciting areas of work Jackson is involved with.

Prince Sithole, who is a regional engineer in Jackson’s Highways Division, helped organise the presentation. He said: “We spent many hours preparing for the event and it was great to see it well-received by the young people who signed up. Every one of our team has volunteered their time for this project and wants and to help young people get on.”

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Speakers for Schools is an initiative that aims to end educational inequality by giving young people from all backgrounds access to industry-leading companies and support networks. Its virtual work experience programme is delivered to schools with a view to broadening the horizons of young people across the UK.

By chance, the Jackson STEM team is made up of people from diverse backgrounds, based in different parts of the country and working in various roles within the company – reflecting the diversity of the communities we work in. It was apt then that one of the Jackson presentations took place on International Women in Engineering Day as four of our group are women.

It was hoped that the students attending the sessions would relate better to such a diverse range of ambassadors.The presentation also aimed to demonstrate that you don’t have to be an engineer to work in civil engineering. Non-engineering Jackson team members who contributed to the initiative were drawn from the ecology, HR, pre-contracts and communications areas of the business.

Chief Executive Officer, Speakers for Schools, Jason Elsom said: “We are delighted to see leading employers like Jackson Civil Engineering on board with Speakers for Schools and joining our mission to end educational inequality.”