ENG's Social Mobility Project

Heroes Legacy Foundation

The Executive Network Group are an executive search business with a keen focus on, and commitment to, equality, diversity, and inclusion. Since 2019 we’ve partnered with leading ED&I consultancy The Equal Group to develop a recruitment platform that tracks both protected characteristics and social mobility flags across our talent pools, and throughout our recruitment campaigns. We call this our 3D Framework®.

This work prompted us to look at our own CSR commitments and, like many, we’ve recognised we can do more.

We're proud to announce that with ongoing support from Safer Highways and their Heroes Legacy foundation, and in partnership with two fantastic charities, we’re launching ENG’s Social Mobility Project with the three key aims as detailed below.

"We are delighted to confirm ENG’s support of Primary Engineer for a second successive academic year, and to be joining forces with Heroes Legacy Foundation only makes this year doubly special. Safer Highways and Heroes Legacy Foundation are an organisation I’ve admired for some time, and I have no doubt they’ll contribute a great deal to the ongoing success of the “If I was an Engineer…” competition. The 2024 judging days and annual exhibition are a highlight of my year – I cannot wait to get involved once again!" - Chris Rowlands, Director | Executive Network Group


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Primary Engineer

Primary Engineer are a not-for-profit organisation who bring engineering into the classroom, and their Leaders Award Competition is open to all school pupils from the ages of 3-19. The competition asks pupils “if you were an engineer, what would you do?” and encourages them to identify problems in the world around them and come up with innovative solutions for them, with each entry being graded by industry professionals. 

The national competition has been running for almost a decade and this new partnership will Primary Engineer to make this accessible to even more children in the UK.

Find out more here.

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“Primary Engineer fits with the Foundation’s ethos of creating a positive and lasting impact on society through the strength of the Highways sector, so when we were looking for causes to champion this one was an obvious choice.“Our commitment to support the programme in the West Midlands is something which, we hope, will become a long term pledge - perhaps one we could expand on regionally in the future - so we can have a true and measurable impact on the lives and aspirations of the leaders of tomorrow.“Working in partnership with the HSE Recruitment Network was an easy choice. The directors of both organisations share the same values, have a long-standing commitment to delivering lasting change across our sector, and to making Health & Safety - specifically in our case Health & Safety in the Highways industry - a career of choice and not one of last resort.” Kevin Robinson, CEO Safer Highways & Programme Director for the Heroes Legacy Foundation
We are so excited to become a partner of ENG’s Social Mobility Project and bring the Leaders Award Competition to more children in the UK. Entire school classes participate in the competition allowing us to engage with children from all backgrounds and work towards addressing the gender and diversity imbalances that exist in the engineering sector. With ENG’s help we can continue inspiring the next generation of engineers. Andrew Norris, Head of Partnerships for Central England at Primary Engineer
Corporate Partners such as ENG are an important source of fundraising for our small charity and we are delighted they have chosen us as one of their Charities to support this year.Smart Works is a charity that helps women in need into employment by providing free interview clothes and interview coaching.We helped 614 women in the pre-pandemic year and now aim to help 1,200 per year within 3 years. Philippa Pickavance, Chairwoman Smart Works Birmingham

Smart Works

Smart Works exists to help women break the cycle of rejection and deprivation that results from unemployment. A UK-based charity that dresses women for success, by providing free clothing for interviews, alongside an interview coaching service. The women who come to Smart Works are referred from job centres, mental health charities, women’s refuges, homeless shelters, the prison service, care service, and youth organisations.

Smart Works Birmingham helped 71% of clients secure a job in a month. Once a woman gets the job she is welcomed back for a second dressing and receives a capsule working wardrobe to last until her first paycheque.

Find out more here.

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