We believe in supporting young people to fulfil their potential and to become responsible, successful and resilient adults. Our education outreach programme, which has been active since 2012, aims to increase the skills and aspirations of young people in the local area. The three main strands of the programme are:
So far, we have engaged 30,000 young people and worked with over 100 schools. In 2019 alone we took part in over 80 activities including careers presentations and workshops, projects to improve STEM skills, work placements, site visits and initiatives specifically geared towards improving the life chances of young people living in disadvantaged areas. See examples of this work in the case studies below.
Our project area includes some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in the country and we understand the importance of working in partnership with other organisations to address the challenges faced by young people and their families. In addition to our own projects, Sirius is a member of the North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area Board, a government initiative that aims to improve social mobility.
We also fund a wide range of education initiatives including Scarborough Science and Engineering Week, which we have sponsored for the eighth consecutive year, and a £1 million programme in Tees Valley and North Yorkshire to support the STEM curriculum and promote STEM careers.