Fundamental to the Peter Brett Foundation is the belief that there should be a strong link between education and industry. Our engagement in STEM activities across the country is the embodiment of this belief.
We have extended our STEM ambassador network across all our business groups nationally and now advise other employers how to engage effectively with schools, and share our knowledge as mentors to STEM ambassadors outside our organisation.
Perhaps the biggest undertaking of the past year was the rollout of the ICE Bridges to Schools programme, which gave around 1,500 students at 17 schools across the Reading area the chance to build a 12-metre cable-stayed bridge and better understand the science behind the structure’s design and build.
One of our largest STEM commitments is as an employer sponsor of Reading’s University Technical College (UTC), one of the first UTCs to open in the UK and the first to be given an Ofsted Outstanding rating. After providing support to the planning, design and construction of the college, we have been proactive in supporting the delivery of the curriculum.
Aside from our extensive STEM outreach, PBA also partners with Business in the Community (BITC) to work with local schools of greatest need and deliver mentorship to students.