North Yorkshire’s Drax has become the first UK energy company to announce an initiative to improve employability for a million people by 2025.
Through its ‘Mobilising a Million’ initiative, the renewable energy company will connect with one million people by 2025 to improve skills, education, employability and opportunity.
The new target has been launched as part of its ‘Opportunity Action Plan’ – the culmination of its work with the Social Mobility Pledge team, which identified Drax as being a trail blazing, purpose-led business.
The plan was developed in partnership with the Social Mobility Pledge, led by the Rt Hon Justine Greening.
Drax said that, by pioneering cutting-edge carbon capture technology, it could make a major contribution to a post-COVID, green economic recovery by creating and protecting thousands of jobs in the North.
“Achieving true social mobility in Britain and levelling up our country is a huge challenge but one that businesses are rising to,” said Ms Greening.
“Businesses like Drax have a crucial role to play in levelling up, and ensuring that our country’s Net Zero targets and ambitions are not just met, but delivered in a way that creates opportunities and levels up communities like Selby, Ipswich, Northampton and in Scotland where Drax has its operations.
“In publishing this Opportunity Action Plan and marking its ambition to improve skills, education, employability and opportunity for one million people – Drax has demonstrated its commitments to making a positive social impact.”
Clare Harbord, Drax Group Director of Corporate Affairs, said: “Drax, along with other businesses, has an important part to play in making sure we have a future workforce with the skills to deliver the new technologies needed to decarbonise the economy and meet the UK’s net zero target.
“By boosting education, skills and employability opportunities for a million people, we can start to level the playing field and build a more diverse workforce.
“This will make the energy sector stronger and able to make a more significant contribution to the UK’s green recovery from COVID.”