Carillion is one of eight major employers backing the Your Life campaign, which aims to increase the number of young people, particularly girls, studying science, physics and maths at A-level.
Currently, just 8% of girls take A-level maths and 2% opt for A-level physics, but studies show that pupils who study maths to A-level will earn 10% more over their lifetime.
Carillion is the lead corporate partner for construction and the built environment, and has committed to developing a tailor-made “introduction to engineering and technology for girls” module for local schools in the West Midlands, increasing its reach year on year over a five-year period.
The campaign has also received the backing of more than 200 business organisations, including Arup and Laing O’Rourke, which have pledged to offer their support to young people interested in pursuing a career in STEM.
Speaking at the launch event, chief executive Richard Howson said: “We welcome this campaign as part of a drive to ensure that young people are equipped with the science and maths skills the country requires to maintain its competitive edge on a global level. We also see this as an important part of our long-term strategy to help develop the skills that will enable our business to success in 10 years’ time”.
In separate commitments, it has undertaken to improve the retention of women engineers, by setting up a network of support for women in operational roles. This will be called Project SNOWE, or the Support Network for Operational Women Engineers.
It will also commit to increasing the number of women in apprenticeships to 5% over the next five years.
First published in Construction Manager