Esh Group scooped the Award for Education at the Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business Awards.
Esh Group, which employs 1,200 people, pipped major business names such as British Land and law firm Hogan Lovells to the award – 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, was presented 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.
The work with Esh staff provided a marvellous opportunity for KS1 pupils to learn about STEM subjects and the world of work. Teachers spoke positively about the CPD aspect of this work, and parents valued the take home sheets which supported home school learning superbly. All children were enthusiastic during the sessions and really enjoyed using the books and kits left in school. This included pupils with additional needs.- Amanda Forbes, headteacher at Cramlington Beaconhill Primary School