Invest in education programmes both in schools and the wider community
We run a varied educational programme, aimed at primary and secondary school children. Our focus is on delivering fun, interactive lessons which tie into the national curriculum and are memorable for pupils and teachers.
Through our education provider, Kingfisher Education Services, we deliver interactive water efficiency workshops in primary schools across our region, which provide an introduction to the water table and focus on the importance of saving water, not flushing the wrong things down the loo and practical tips for the home and garden.
We have also developed a fun online educational resource. By reaching pupils at a young age, we hope they will retain a lifelong appreciation that water is a precious resource which should be conserved, not wasted. In 2017/18, more than 11,000 children aged 5 to 11 benefitted from our educational workshops and resources.
In addition, the LOVEmyBEACH campaign for better bathing water quality, which we’ve been actively supporting since its inception in 2012, has developed a learning pack for Key Stage 1 and 2 children, focused on protecting and enhancing our beaches and bathing waters.
We are an active participant in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) programme, which encourages students to consider future careers in these underrepresented areas. Our employees support the initiative by participating in Engineering Your Future and The Big Bang North West events, and by visiting career fairs and secondary schools to promote technical roles in the water industry.
In March 2017, we launched a two year partnership with Teach First, a charity committed to ending educational inequality. In the North West, only 30 percent of pupils who are eligible for free school meals will achieve five A*-C grades at GCSE, compared to 60 per cent of their peers. Teach First develop leaders to teach in challenged schools and encourage students from low-income backgrounds to reach their full potential.
We have also joined forces with Youth Focus North West and co-created materials on money managment to give young people better financial skills for living.