NG Bailey has pledged its support to close the gender gap and encourage young people towards STEM careers.
The contractor is supporting the ‘Your Life’ campaign, a three-year scheme to ensure young adults have the maths and science skills needed to succeed in a competitive economy.
‘Your Life’ hopes to inspire young people to learn physics, maths, technology and engineering and motivate them to go into STEM careers.
NG Bailey has promised to increase the number of female apprenticeship applicants by 5 per cent each year until 2020 and to promote STEM careers in schools and businesses to over 5,000 young people by 2018. Since 1931, it has recruited and trained more than 5,000 apprentices.
The business, which employs 25,000 people across the UK, has also pledged to deliver 12 women-only engineering workshops across the UK, which will be hosted by women in STEM careers.
NG Bailey head of learning and development Frank Clayton said: “We have a strong heritage of engaging early with young people and, with a £3m training and development budget each year, equipping them with the home-grown skills they need to pursue a successful career.”
NG Bailey operates Inspire, a school engagement programme which they run with the Engineering Development Trust. Mr Clayton added that this campaign helped the company engage with young people to attract talented recruits to their company.
“It will add an extra dimension to our continuing efforts to promote diversity. It will also help us become a more accepting place to work and an employer of choice.”
NG Bailey holds the Investors in Diversity standard from the National Centre for Diversity for equality and diversity in the workplace.