Social mobility pledge from Drax Group to boost industry-academia links

Social mobility pledge from Drax Group to boost industry-academia links
Justine Greening discussing STEM learning with Drax Generation CEO, Andy Koss; Head of Sustainable Business, Vicky Bullivant; and staff and students of Selby College

In a pledge to lead the energy industry on social mobility, Drax Group aims to raise aspirations within its communities.

The Group’s social mobility pledge was announced during a visit from Justine Greening, former Secretary of State for Education and founder of the Social Mobility Pledge campaign group.

Ms Greening visited Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire to hear more about the energy company’s efforts to improve education and skills within the communities local to its UK operations.

The Social Mobility Pledge is a cross party campaign aimed at encouraging businesses to develop relationships with colleges and schools, to increase access through apprenticeships, work experience and other career enhancing schemes which help to level the playing field and ensure opportunities are created for all.

“By removing barriers to STEM learning and opening up employment opportunities within the energy industry, Drax is giving young people the skills needed to forge successful careers in a sector which has an important role to play in the transition to a net zero economy,” said Ms Greening.

She visited Selby College – one of Drax’s educational partners – and Drax Power Station, where she met post-graduate students from Staffordshire University who were visiting to see how it has become Europe’s largest decarbonisation project by converting two thirds of its generating units to use biomass instead of coal.

Andy Koss, Drax CEO Generation, said: “Companies like Drax are developing and innovating using new technologies which will help to combat the climate crisis. It’s important that communities are not left behind during the transition to a more sustainable future – making sure people have the right skills is a key part of that.

“At Drax we work with schools and colleges to provide exciting activities and experiences which help to boost education, inspiring students by giving them access to new technologies from within the energy sector, like electric vehicles, which provides invaluable experience.”

Through its commitment to the Social Mobility Pledge, Drax will publish a report later this year about its performance in delivering a positive social impact.