Community and Education
As one of the UK’s leading energy companies, we believe it is important to raise awareness of climate change and help educate young people about energy efficiency. Our programmes enable us to continue building closer relationships with local communities while demonstrating our commitment to the environment and education. They also enable us to involve our employees, so they can develop and share their skills with young people across the country.
We aim to inspire young people from their first day at school to their first day at work by helping them develop their skills and knowledge and empowering them to achieve their vision for themselves and for the environment.
The npower Climate Cops programme continues to help schools across the UK become greener and more sustainable and shows young people how they can take a lead in being greener both at home and at school.
In 2012, more than 9,000 young people across the UK participated in the programme, while 12 schools in our partner cities benefited from a free energy audit, collectively identifying potential CO2 savings of over 500 tonnes each year – the equivalent of planting 147 acres of new trees annually. During the summer we also delivered No Power Hour roadshows in our four partner cities of Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Nottingham, supported by football pundit Robbie Savage. These events showed children how easy it is to save energy and spend an hour without power by doing fun activities like playing football.
Supporting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)
According to Engineering UK, between 2010 and 2020, 542,440 engineering companies are projected to have 2.74 million job openings. There is a widely-accepted need to increase both the absolute numbers and the rate of growth of young people in schools and colleges who are studying and progressing in relevant academic and vocational science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. With this in mind, we continue to inspire more young people to consider studying STEM subjects, to help make sure we have the calibre of engineers and scientists we need in the future.
Our employees are involved in a range of initiatives designed to get young people interested in STEM subjects – including our Enthuse programme and power station visits. Through these programmes in 2012, we showed more than 11,500 young people our ‘world of work’.
Engaging the community through our npower Football League sponsorship
2012 was our second season of working in partnership with The Football League Trust as part of our three-year sponsorship. We continued to build on the previous season’s success by delivering programmes which aim to use young people’s love of football to help them develop their skills and confidence in exciting ways.
Our Respect programme gave more than 90,000 pupils in primary schools located near the 72 Football League clubs, the chance to enhance their respectful behaviour in sport and life.
With over one million young people in the UK not in education, employment or training, our What’s Your Goal competitions used football to inspire secondary school students to start thinking about their careers and employability. More than 2,300 students applied for the chance to spend a day shadowing a high-profile mentor from the world of football, or to complete a work experience placement at their local Football League club.
Some 11 winning students spent a day being mentored by the likes of Robbie Savage and West Ham United FC Vice Chairman, Karren Brady. During their placement, the 340 winning students also found out what it was like to work at their local Football League club as a Community Manager, Ticket Office Manager and PR Manager.
Finally, our npower Kids Cup and Girls Cup competitions gave more than 19,500 under-11 school children and under-13 girls first-hand experience of the importance of teamwork, the fun of playing football and the rewards of achievement.