Six companies have come together to provide an award-winning programme of unique opportunities for young people in the North East.

Six companies have come together to provide an award-winning programme of unique opportunities for young people in the North East.


Northumbrian Water, Esh-MWH Joint Venture, Turner & Townsend, Interserve, MMB and Wood Group were recognised at the Constructing Excellence North East Awards 2018, for their joint project to attract and develop their workforce of the future.


The ‘Run2 Academy′ initiative, which is creating sustainable employment programmes in the water and construction industry, scooped the top award in the People Development category at the prestigious ceremony last week (Friday June 15, 2018).


It aims to attract talented people to the industry and show that it is a great place to work, by implementing a number of different programmes, such as shared industry placements, work experience placements and apprenticeships.


As part of the initiative, the flagship Shared Summer Placement allowed undergraduate students to take on a 12-week placement, rotating their time among the six leading North East firms, while receiving invaluable skills and experience working on real life construction projects.


Out of the seven undergraduate students employed during the Shared Summer Programme in 2017, five of them went on to gain further employment or engagement opportunities.


Richard Woodhouse, Project Manager for Northumbrian Water, said: "We′re delighted that our Run2 Academy has been hailed as a shining example at the Constructing Excellence Awards.
"It′s a really exciting programme where we′re able to offer young people the practical experience alongside their academic studies and support them at key stages of their education.


"The success of the Run2 Academy is thanks to the collaborative approach we′ve taken with our partners, meaning the students are able to follow projects all the way from conception to completion."


Employees from the Run2 Academy will be out visiting schools, universities and colleges across the region for students to find out more.


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Northumbrian Water Limited supplies 2.7 million customers in the North East with both water and sewerage services, trading as Northumbrian Water, and 1.8 million customers in the South East with water services, trading as Essex & Suffolk Water.


In 2017 Northumbrian Water was named Utility of the Year at the Utility Week Awards, for the second time in four years. The company has followed this up in 2018 by winning the UK Excellence Award at the British Quality Foundation (BQF) UK Excellence Awards, and Water Company of the Year at the Water Industry Achievement Awards. Northumbrian Water also received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for sustainable development for a second time in 2014, which is accredited for five years. This recognises the company as a business which benefits the environment, society and the economy.


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