Last reviewed 7 June 2022

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a primary school outreach programme that will showcase potential career paths in the infrastructure and construction sectors to pupils across London.

In partnership with the London Infrastructure Group (LIG) and the Mayor’s Workforce Integration Network (WIN), the programme will see diverse role models, including those from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, women, disabled and LGBTQ+ professionals visiting schools and inspiring young students to pursue careers in these industries.

Mr Khan said, “It shouldn’t be the case that two of our largest sectors are failing to reflect the diversity of our city. The reality is that many young, talented and ambitious Londoners from a range of under-represented backgrounds are not aware of the opportunities in our thriving infrastructure and construction sectors”.

The outreach work will also show employers how to better collaborate with primary schools, therefore building ongoing relationships, which will help to develop a future talent pipeline for green jobs.

The aim will be to help pupils, teachers and parents to better understand the world of construction and infrastructure, the range of jobs available and the link between learning and work.

The programme will also challenge stereotypes and broaden horizons for pupils, showing whatever their background, they can access the amazing range of opportunities the sectors have to offer.

With the support of a large network of companies committed to diversity and inclusion, including electricity network operator SSEN, the programme will target 30 schools and 1800 pupils from under-represented groups, particularly young Black boys.

Eliane Algaard, Director of Customer Operations, SSEN Distribution said: “As part of the sector critical to national and local decarbonisation ambitions, I firmly believe it is our role to help inspire future generations in the part they can play in achieving net zero and ensure this opportunity is exciting, innovative and available to all”.