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Highways Heroes Foundation and ENG Team up to support Primary Engineer

`First Heroes Legacy Foundation beneficiary announced following groundbreaking partnership with ENG.

Highways Heroes are delighted to announce the first beneficiary of its Heroes Legacy Foundation will be Primary Engineer.

Following on from the announcement that from 2024 10% of the profits from the Highways Heroes, and indeed each of the other ceremonies within the Heroes Awards stable of events, will be used to develop and fond social value programmes from across the UK, the trustees have been working to identify a number of projects which could most benefit.

Our programmes will support the homeless, offer second chances to young adults, provide rehabilitation to ex offenders and create pathways into the engineering sector; all of which serve to empower future generations to look upon our sector as a career of choice rather than one of last resort.

Inn order to deliver the greatest amount of value across each of these areas the Legacy Foundation have teamed up with a series of strategic partners , in this case Executive Network Group.

The agreement will see the organisations jointly fund the if I were an engineer competition across the West Midlands including some of the most deprived areas in and around the city of Birmingham.

Since 2005, Primary Engineer®have developed an engineering curriculum that spans Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Further Education institutions.

Its core aims include; the development of children and young people through engagement with engineering, the promotion of engineering careers through inspiring programmes and competitions, the development of engineering skills for teachers and practitioners addressing the inequalities in engineering.​


Primary Engineer® developed a project-based learning approach to education which enables children and pupils to engage with practical math’s and science alongside creative problem solving and literacy. It has been described as STEM by Stealth® due to the integrated curriculum nature of the programmes which also develop resilience and curiosity. ​

Speaking about the decision to support Primary Engineer, Kevin Robinson, Project Director for the Heroes Legacy Foundation said,

"“Primary Engineer fits with the Foundation’s ethos of creating a positive and lasting impact on society through the strength of the Highways sector, so when we were looking for causes to champion this one was an obvious choice.

“Our commitment to support the programme in the West Midlands is something which, we hope, will become a long term pledge - perhaps one we could expand on regionally in the future - so we can have a true and measurable impact on the lives and aspirations of the leaders of tomorrow.

“Working in partnership with the Executive Network Group was an easy choice.

The directors of both organisations share the same values, have a long-standing commitment to delivering lasting change across our sector, and to making Health & Safety - specifically in our case Health & Safety in the Highways industry - a career of choice and not one of last resort.”

Echoing the sentiment, Chris Rowlands, Director of ENG and the organisations Social Mobility Project Lead said,

"I’m delighted to confirm ENG’s support of Primary Engineer for a second successive academic year, and to be joining forces with Highways Heroes only makes this year doubly special. Highways Heroes are an organisation I’ve admired for some time, and I have no doubt they’ll contribute a great deal to the ongoing success of the “If I was an Engineer…” competition. The 2024 judging days and annual exhibition are a highlight of my year –I cannot wait to get involved once again!"

For more information about Primary Engineer and the Heroes Legacy Foundation click here



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