The Education Partnership Award: Ford Motor Company

Award Type: 

Longlisted for a Business in the Community Responsible Business Award

Action and Impact
Car manufacturer Ford has a long, rich history in Dagenham where it has had operations for the last 88 years. Through ongoing initiatives such as the Business Class partnership with the Dagenham Estate’s Robert Clack School that it is able to demonstrate a direct positive contribution to the local community. “Inspiring, developing and supporting future generations is an objective I would strongly encourage every business to adopt; this is about doing business the right way,” says Andy Barratt, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford of Britain.
The partnership, which began in 2012, is designed to support young people facing social disadvantage by giving them life-changing opportunities which also provide tangible business benefits to Ford. Robert Clack School lies within one of the poorest 25 areas of England with significantly higher than national average economic inactivity and unemployment levels. The programme helps to inspire young people through 1:1 mentoring, work experience and an awareness of the different options when it comes to getting a job after school. For Ford, the programme helps to boost employee engagement, and develop a pipeline of future talent including female engineers. So far, the partnership has reached almost 3,400 students, staff, and parents and carers thanks to more than 4,900 volunteer hours.