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Tarmac volunteers go virtual to deliver on commitment to local schools

Volunteers?at Tarmac?have?showcased their commitment?to?helping young people to?tackle?the?planet’s biggest issues?by?providing virtual?mentoring to?teams?of?school pupils as?part of a nationwide competition.?

The Solutions for the Planet Big Ideas Competition sees?volunteers from?local businesses partner with?school?pupils?across the country?to?generate ideas?which improve society, economy and the environment.?

Following school closures in response to the Covid-19?crisis,?a new online platform?was launched?on the?Solutions for the Planet website,?giving pupils and?mentors the means to?collaborate?and continue working together virtually.?

Prior to the virtual mentoring,?volunteers?had been?attending schools to?help develop solutions created by pupils,?aged 11 – 14,?during their Big Ideas Days.?

Dr Martyn Kenny, Sustainability director at Tarmac,?said:?We’re proud supporters of the Big Ideas?programme, which gives pupils the?space?to?think?creatively?about current world?challenges,?and?discover more?about?future?opportunities in?STEM-based?(science, technology, engineering and?maths)?careers.??

Working virtually is something many?people?have?adapted to?in the last few months.?It's?fantastic that the team at?Solutions for the Planet?have been able to?relocate the?programme?to a virtual setting?so that?both students and mentors can continue their enjoyment?of the competition.?

Stephanie Upton-Roddy,?sustainability?graduate at Tarmac?and a?volunteer mentor,?said:?It’s?great to see?students continuing to?build?and develop?their ideas with?their?mentors. I’m really pleased to be able to?provide support to my?group?and see that other volunteers are also able to keep?up the opportunity to use?their?experience to help develop?some?amazing ideas.”?

Jen?Baughan, CEO of Solutions for the Planet, added: “The dedication Tarmac has shown?in?supporting the students develop?their Big Ideas?has been?extraordinary.?Nationally, over 350 individual pieces of work have been submitted into the Virtual Big Ideas Competition?by pupils and their mentors.?Without?the commitment from businesses like Tarmac?the Virtual Big Ideas?programme?would not have been possible.”?

Tarmac has been supporting Solutions for the Planet for?over?six?years and in 2017 became the first national partner working with pupils in South East England, the West Midlands, Northern England and Scotland.?

As a national partner of the scheme,?its?employees have delivered more than?4286 hours?of mentoring?throughout?the country, highlighting the importance of sustainability and raising awareness of career opportunities within the construction sector.?

For more information about the Big Ideas?programme, please visit?

Tarmac volunteers go virtual to deliver on commitment to local schools
Image Credit: Tarmac mentors with Solutions for the Planet organisers

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