NRG has a vested interest in supporting future talent in the North East, and we’re involved with a number of initiatives that seek to boost the employability of those moving into the world of work or on to further education.
Many students leave school unaware of the potential career paths, industries and sectors available to them, and by engaging with local businesses, students can make more informed choices about their futures.
NRG also supports Maggie’s Cancer Care in the North East with both fundraising and recruitment consultancy.
‘Building My Skills’, which recently received the Queens Award for Enterprise, is a year-long employability programme providing students in years nine and above with a rounded introduction to the world of work through business engagement sessions as part of their timetabled curriculum.
Now in its 6th academic year, Build My Skills is delivered by local and national businesses such as NRG, to show young people what different sectors are like to work in, what employers look for in interviews, applications and also providing them with practical experience of interviews.
This 2017/18 academic year, NRG has presented to over 400 North East students at Excelsior Academy in Newcastle, Norham High School in North Shields, Mortimer Community College in South Shields, Emmanuel College in Gateshead and Houghton Kepier School in Houghton-le-Spring; delivering over 300 student engagements hours in total.
Building My Skills work with one in three North East secondary schools and to date, have opened up the world of work to 45,000 students.
Founders4Schools was established in 2017 with the aim of improving the employability of students by connecting them with business leaders whilst they are still in education.
NRG support several events such as speed interviewing, speed mentoring and mock interviews to help students prepare for work, or the application process for further education courses.
Ongoing collaboration from local businesses helps young people to understand the jobs they may eventually hold or create, whilst helping to close the skills gap.
Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks.
Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are places with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need – a programme of support that has been shown to strengthen the physical and emotional well-being of people with cancer and their families and friends.
Lorna Moran (former Chairman, NRG) is Chair of the Fundraising Board for Maggie’s North East, and also sits on the England and Wales Board of Chairs.
The initial campaign to fund the build of the Maggie’s Centre at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle raised a total of £3.2 million, and Lorna has worked to support the recruitment of various senior positions, donating her services and those of NRG free of charge.
The staff at NRG are all supporters of this great cause and have raised in excess of £25k for the charity over the years, participating in Maggie’s Bike and Hike on five occasions as well as accomplishing The Three Peaks Challenge.
Smart Works Newcastle opened in April 2018. Since this time, over 400 women from across the North East have accessed the service.
They support local women back into work, helping them to gain financial independence and transform their lives. Their service offers free styling advice, high-quality interview clothes and interview training to women looking for work.
Each centre is their own registered charity, responsible for their own funding, governed by their own board of trustees and Smart Works Newcastle is proud to report that 66% of the clients they work with go onto succeed at their job interview, within one month of visiting.
NRG is delighted to support Smart Works Newcastle by providing regular interview coaching to women using their service, giving them the confidence needed to be successful at interview. We also allow our staff time out of the business to volunteer help with clothing sales as well as multi-channel promotions and shared fundraising.