Solutions for the Planet, with support from its first national partner, Tarmac, the UK’s leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions business, has picked up a top prize at the Global Good Awards.
The social enterprise connects industry-leading business expertise with enquiring young minds to tackle society’s most pressing environmental, social and economic challenges.
Its Big Ideas programme scooped the Best Education Project (Environmental Impact) award at a special ceremony in May, seeing off tough competition from Barclays, Investec, Tata Consultancy Service, Thames Water, UBS and Unilever.
Dr Martyn Kenny, Sustainability director at Tarmac, said: “We’re extremely proud supporters of Solutions for the Planet and delighted that it has been recognised at these prestigious awards - its testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole team.
“The Big Ideas programme is a fantastic initiative, helping to tackle real-world sustainability issues and hugely enriching for both participants and our mentors, whoteach new skills while benefiting from their students’ fresh thinking and original approach to business challenges.”
More than 14,000 11 to 14-year-old pupils have already benefited from the scheme over the last four years, which includes sustainability workshops and mentoring from partner organisations..
As the scheme’s first national partner, Tarmac delivers mentoring on a range of business disciplines to participating 11-14 year olds in South East England, the West Midlands Northern England and Scotland, highlighting the importance of sustainability and raising awareness of career opportunities within the construction sector and the importance of developing STEM skills.
Jen Baughan, CEO, Solutions for the Planet, said: “The Gold Award for Best Education Project (Environmental Impact) at the Global Good Awards is fantastic recognition of the hard work put in by the Solutions for the Planet team, our business and school partners and of course all the inspirational young people that we work with each year. Support from Tarmac and our other business partners over the past four years has helped us to grow our reach and move from working with 600 to 3500 students each year.
“The Big Ideas programme has been developed to introduce young people to real life sustainability challenges and, through project-based learning and business mentoring, harness young peoples’ creativity and encourage the development of STEM skills”
For more information about the programme including how schools and businesses can get involved, visit www.solutionsfortheplanet.co.uk.