Case studies

Outstanding Young Presenter competition

We teamed up with Yorkshire schools in 2016 for a public speaking competition for students in Years 8 and 9.

The competition, inspired by an internal NGN competition we have run for several years, saw NGN colleagues coach participating schools on presentation techniques and provide help in researching topics.

Five schools went through to a grand final at the Tetley stadium in Leeds. Presentation topics ranged from girls in engineering to fuel poverty and utility companies’ impact on the environment.

The competition was run jointly with social enterprise the Ahead Partnership and charity Hull Children’s University.

The quality of presentations was exceptional, and all the participating students enjoyed the experience.

Our community artist

Mick Hand is our community artist. A very talented and engaging professional artist, Mick delivers workshops for young people in areas close to our work sites.

These engaging sessions help children to understand the role of NGN and the dangers of playing near roadworks.

Safety posters designed by the children are used on customer letters, site signage and even van liveries.

In areas where we are demolishing gas holders, Mick uses these structures as the focus for art sessions, helping to commemorate these iconic structures.

Read Mick’s blog to find out what he has been up to in your area.

Keeping children safe near our work sites

Our school safety programme warns children about the perils of playing near our construction sites.

These engaging Play Safe sessions are delivered by our employees or contractors in geographical areas where engineering work is due to take place.

In 2015/16 we delivered 70 sessions in primary schools, reaching 18,400 children aged 4-11 with essential safety messages.

Helping young people to get ahead

We reached 4,796 children through our Ahead Partnership employability programme in 2015/16.

The Ahead Partnership unites business and academia to deliver vocational training programmes.

Now in its second year the programme is proving a great way of nurturing an interest in STEM related subjects at a crucial time in young people’s school careers.