The Young Crossrail programme works with schools and young people, particularly those closest to the route. Through the activities in schools, work place visits and other events, volunteer Young Crossrail ambassadors aim to change perceptions of the engineering industry and encourage more young people, and particularly girls, to consider engineering and construction-related careers.
Young Crossrail aligns with other programmes aimed at supporting young people into work and apprenticeships. Young Crossrail will help develop a pipeline of engineering and construction workers beyond the lifetime of the Crossrail project leaving a skills legacy for the future industry.
Over 13,000 students, teachers and parents across 70 schools were engaged over the year and our volunteers have given over 1,200 hours of their time.
A significant amount of the Young Crossrail programme is focused on working closely with students from its nine partner schools: Royal Greenwich University Technical College (UTC) in Greenwich, Rokeby School in Newham, Swanlea School in Tower Hamlets, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson in Islington, Maria Fidelis School in Camden and Westminster Academy, St Paul’s Way Trust School, Tower Hamlets and Oasis Academy, Newham.
Activities with partner schools included supporting teams for the Go4Set ‘Stations of the Future’ project and the First LEGO League robotics competition. Events delivered to mark National Women in Engineering Day and Tomorrow’s Engineers Week were also supported.