Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility

PBA is more than just the sum of its parts. It is the enthusiasm, ability and creativity of the people at PBA that makes our Practice unique. This is true in our approach to clients and projects and also when it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Over the years, PBA teams have helped a wide range of people, charities and causes. We’ve developed strategies to improve our business contribution to sustainability objectives, and we have made other truly inspiring contributions to local communities and the world of education. Our CSR approach has recently consolidated into Brett Communities - helping to build communities of people inside and outside of PBA who share the same interests in contributing to society.

In 2015-16, we:

  • Attended more than 50 schools outreach events across the country; with over 40 PBA STEM ambassadors involved in everything from engineering activities in primary schools to careers advice days and mentorship for senior students.
  • Sent two dozen PBA STEM ambassadors to 23 events with UTC Reading, including taster events, work experience and the “Big Data” project which ran throughout the autumn of 2015.
  • Launched the first PBA and University of Cambridge ‘DOT in a box’ teaching toolkit aimed at transforming the teaching of design and technology at Key Stage 3 and beyond, by introducing authentic engineering practice into the classroom.
  • Began our engagement programme with universities, focussing initially on the development of programmes to encourage learning and research into smart infrastructure and cities, with the Universities of Cambridge and Reading.
  • Supported the development and implementation of the apprenticeships in Transport Planning, Transport Services through the Transport Trailblazer, and in Civil Engineering through our membership of the National Apprenticeship Consortium for Engineering.

 

Our commitment to providing real work experience and learning was demonstrated through the provision of 33 work experience placements, 28 summer/industrial placements, and the hiring of 12 apprentices across the Practice.

We sustain this good work every year through the Peter Brett Foundation, which supports the work we do in the education sector, and PBA in the Community which ensures our staff can continue to make contributions to charities and societies locally and nationally.