Construction firm Esh Group has scooped a national award for part of its work with schools.
The Durham-headquartered group won the Award for Education at the Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business Awards, an annual event which seeks to celebrate companies that make a positive contribution to society.
Esh Group, which employs 1,200 people, pipped major business names such as British Land and law firm Hogan Lovells to the accolade, which recognises business-school programmes that are about building life chances for young people.
The firm’s pioneering Get into STEM scheme was chosen by judges for its work in helping introduce children to science, technology, engineering and maths skills and associated careers.
Esh Group’s head of corporate responsibility and added value, Darush Dodds, collected the award in front of hundreds of guests at the O2 in London.
He said: “Get into STEM is Esh Group’s response to an industry skills shortage across STEM subjects.
“We provide schools with kits that include construction-related toys, teaching aids and books that help teachers make STEM subjects fun and engaging for young children.
“The idea is to introduce children to STEM skills at a young age to begin the process of inspiring them for later careers.
“Winning a Responsible Business Award is a fantastic recognition of Get into STEM, and all of the hard work our added value team put into it.”
The Responsible Business Awards are run annually by the Prince of Wales’ Business in the Community (BITC).
In addition to the category win, Esh Group also saw its long running schools engagement programme – Building My Skills – earn re-accreditation by Business in the Community, following its win of the School Partnership Award in 2015.
Greggs was shortlisted in two categories, education and outstanding employment, while Gentoo was one of the nominees in the builder stronger communities section.
Source : Chroniclelive