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National Grid

  • National Grid will take a leadership role in inspiring young people to contribute to society, making this aim a key part of our community investment strategy and advocating the importance and value of youth social action.
  • Use our recruitment processes to recognise and value the skills developed through social action by including a question about social action in our application and interview processes and advocating social action in our recruitment materials, website and job adverts.
  • Encourage social action in every new starters induction programme and provide specific volunteering activities for new starters to help their integration into the business and enable them to meet and get to know other colleagues.
  • Include social action as part of every graduate trainee programme or apprenticeship.
  • Use volunteering as a recognised route for personal development to build business and leadership capability and make a positive impact in communities encouraging colleagues to get involved and allowing them time off to contribute.
  • Work in partnership with voluntary organisations that have social action at the heart of what they do. Building on our existing partnership with City Year and our new partnership with Teach First we will encourage our employees to support youth social action by coaching and mentoring young people. Target: Provide 50 business mentors in year 1.
We're still working on our pledge to the #iwill campaign. Next progress update is coming soon, so watch this space!
Quote from Charlotte Hill, CEO at Step Up To Serve
"The #iwill campaign is driven by leaders from across society who are committed to making youth social action a normal part of growing up in the UK. We know that young people want to play an active part in improving their communities, and that in doing so, they develop their own skills for work and life. Over 350 cross-sector organisations so far have pledged to support youth social action, and say #iwill. What will you do?"