Teacher and pupils in woodland

Social value at VolkerHighways

Our communities are at the heart of our business. By building effective relationships with our clients, communities and local charities/organisations, we provide consistent, meaningful and long-term measurable support. We are proud of our long-standing relationships with our clients and use this opportunity to maximise our social value commitments in creating a positive and lasting legacy. This underlines our People, Planet, Purpose approach to our ‘Decade of Action.’

Goal 17


Care leavers mentoring programme facilitated by Goal 17 on our BCP street lighting contract. Goal 17 work with local authorities across the UK to develop a network of volunteer mentors who help young care leavers (young adults leaving the care system) transition into adulthood and independent living.

Mentoring young people

We work with organisations to deliver meaningful mentoring to young people from all walks of life. This includes care leavers, young offenders, and schools in disadvantaged areas.

careers fair

Our partnerships with education establishments

We have an ongoing partnership with Learning to Work and other organisations to support local schools with activities including Q&A sessions, mock interviews and interactive workshops, helping pupils gain the knowledge required for the transition to employment.

Inspiring the next generation

We are passionate about stimulating young minds about the exciting world of construction. We are working with local schools, colleges and organisations to inspire and empower the next generation to pursue rewarding careers in construction, driving innovation and sustainability in our communities.

Open Doors

Open Doors

‘Opening our doors’ as part of Build UK’s Open Doors initiative. Each year, we get involved with Open Doors, educating secondary school aged pupils about the endless career possibilities available within the sector and routes into the industry.

Name the gritter competition

Name the gritter competition

We regularly run name the gritter competitions with local schools. We recently held a name the gritter competition at a local Special Educational Needs School in Luton

Championing road and community safety awareness

The safety of the public on our highway network is at the heart of our works. That is why, we regularly organise assemblies and activities with local primary schools to raise awareness of the hazards and dangers surrounding our roads and educating younger people on how they can stay safe. 

Good Hope volunteering

Volunteering at Good Hope Farm

Our team spent the day at Good Hope Farm. A therapeutic day centre for adults with learning disabilities organised around a small organic farm, offering a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment.

Enhancing and improving our biodiversity

We work within our local communities to enhance and improve our biodiversity. Protecting and restoring biodiversity is not only an ethical imperative but also a practical necessity for ensuring the long-term sustainability of our planet and the prosperity of future generations.

As a member of Greener Highways, we are working with local schools in the areas we work to aid in the education and implementation of sustainable initiatives. This includes enhancing the biodiversity in the school grounds by creating wildlife habitats. 

Thank you from local primary school

Hilltop Primary School

As a gesture of goodwill, our Medway team resurfaced Hilltop Primary School's tired playground.

Supporting local charities and communities

Our corporate charity partner is Raise Your Hands. Working with 15 small charities from across the UK, Raise Your Hands support and raise the profile of these charities helping to improve the lives of young people.

We support charities, sponsorship and good-will projects on a project level which are often identified by our local teams or through our collaborative working relationships with our clients.

Requesting our support

We can offer curriculum support, help with careers events, attendance at a virtual event, STEM support, or site and office visits.

Complete our Education Engagement Request form

To request support from VolkerHighways, please complete the form using the link below. Please provide as much information as you can, so we can direct your request to the most relevant part of the business. We will review all requests carefully and, whilst we would love to support them all, it's not always possible to do so.

Please also use this form if you are interested in applying for work experience or a work placement with us.We will endeavour to provide a response within 10 working days. Note that you must be over 18 to complete this form, to ensure that we do not communicate directly with minors.

Our Education Engagement Request form is available here.

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