Northern Powergrid Net Zero School Programme

In order to meet the UK’s target of reaching Net Zero emissions by 2050 a large focus will need to be placed on energy generation, distribution and management. The Northern Powergrid Net Zero School Programme is a five-year programme of engagement with schools and children, aimed at increasing awareness, interest and understanding of STEM skills and careers, and Net Zero and decarbonisation. 


Managing an electricity network for more than 8 million people in the North East, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Northern Powergrid are focusing on innovation linked to smart and low-carbon technologies to meet the demands of a Net Zero future.

The Northern Powergrid Net Zero School Programme supports secondary schools in Hull, Sunderland, Leeds and Kirklees through a programme of activity which informs, inspires and educates young people on environmental awareness, carbon footprints, net zero solutions and careers within the sector. 

This five year programme of engagement with schools and young people seeks to  raise awareness, interest and understanding of STEM skills and careers, and educate young people, their carers and teachers on Net Zero and decarbonisation and the opportunities that are available in the sector. 

This programme is targeted at:

Young people aged 11-19 years old who may not previously have considered a career in a STEM subject


A year-long programme of activities in secondary schools in Hull, Sunderland, Leeds and Kirklees

  • Engaged over 6,000 young people to date
  • 92% of young people say it increased their understanding of Northern Powergrid and the industry
  • 70% of young people said they are now interested in a STEM career

How does it work?

Northern Powergrid are opening up this programme to involve local businesses, allowing you to help young people in a really practical way and help them to envision a more positive Net Zero future.

The activities we design and deliver together vary according the ages of the young people involved, though we can work with any employer on an idea that they may have to engage young people in understanding their sector.  

This programme engages with Key Stage 3 (11-13) and Key Stage 4 (14-15) students, with some Key Stage 5 (16-19) students in some areas.  

At Key Stage 3 (11-13 years) activities delivered may include careers panels and inspirational speeches. At Key Stage 4 (14-15 years) the programme is more focused on specific job roles, skills and routes of entry through activities such as workplace visits, curriculum resources, speed networking, live briefs and podcasts. By Key Stage 5 (16-19 years) students interested in the sector may be invited to attend more in-depth activities such as insight days. 

How to get involved

We would especially love to hear from you if your business has a strong green agenda, a clear plan for achieving Net Zero, or a strong focus on innovating for better environmental solutions.

Northern Powergrid are opening up this programme to involve local businesses, through volunteering opportunities, workshop delivery or additional activities. The programme aims to improve social mobility, diversity and inclusion by bringing opportunities to different audiences, whilst reaching out to potential talent and harnessing the unique skills and perspectives that young people can bring to the sector.

All the activities in the programme are organised by Ahead Partnership with support and resources that help volunteers get involved, whether you are office or home based. There is no cost to businesses or volunteers for participation in the programme.  

How can I get involved?

If you’d like to learn more about taking part in the Northern Powergrid Net Zero School programme, please contact us by completing the form and a member of the team will be in touch.


We welcome enquiries from employers no matter the size or sector from all across the UK.


Secondary schools and colleges in Hull, Sunderland, Leeds and Kirklees may also use this form to express their interest in taking part.

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