School career pathways project earns Hermes Real Estate community award

School career pathways project earns Hermes Real Estate community award

26 November 2019

MEPC’s Silverstone Park has won an award for its work with local schools at Hermes Real Estate’s Responsible Property Investment Awards ceremony.

Its Inspiration for Innovation (I4I) programme that improves career pathway advice for students at three local secondary schools earned it the ‘Best Community Engagement Project 2019’ accolade.

MEPC’s Roz Bird, Commercial Director for Silverstone Park, collected the award from Chris Taylor, Head of Private Markets at Hermes Investment Management (pictured) at a ceremony in London.

Roz commented: “We’re delighted to receive this recognition from Hermes Real Estate.

“It means a lot to the team on the ground who’ve worked really hard to deliver the I4I project and make it as successful as it has been. It also encourages us to continue working hard with local schools in Year 2 of the project.”

Hermes’ Director of Real Estate Risk & Environmental Impact Sharon Brown, said: “Silverstone Park won because of its clear focus on a key element of the Hermes drive to improve the lives of the people close to our sites, in this case tackling an identified potential skills shortage.

“It also showed skilful collaboration – with Gaia Innovation and local schools – and longevity of intention. This was clearly not a one-off activity, but a social programme designed to deliver positive impact on a number of levels.”

I4I was launched in September 2018 by Silverstone Park in collaboration with Gaia Innovation, which creates engagement programmes to connect schools, universities and growth sector employers.

I4I seeks to improve secondary aged schoolchildren’s awareness of the available career pathways by connecting them with business people who, as ‘real models’, offer advice and guidance.

The project was launched in response to concerns about a skills shortage from local businesses, many of which operate in high-tech engineering.

I4I is working with three partner schools as it progresses into its second academic year – The Buckingham School, Kingsthorpe College in Northampton and Sponne School in Towcester.

In Year 1 (2018/19) the programme surpassed an initial target of 1,000 positive encounters between students and business volunteers – based on feedback from 2,600 students.

In Year 2 it aims to achieve 5,000 positive encounters as it is expanded to include almost 30 business volunteers.

Roz added: “MEPC wants to be a force for good and economic prosperity in the areas in which it is working.

“The places we are creating and the communities we are helping to develop can have a profound effect on the economy of a local area – the young people are the future of that economy so it’s vital that they’re included in all good work we are doing.”

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