The Connected Places Award: ENGIE

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Finalist for Business in the Community's Connected Places Award 2019

ENGIE: Developing long-term partnerships with targeted and focused support by ENGIE enhances Council success
  • £568k investment
  • 482 hours of classroom engagement
  • 363 hours of employment support
  • 28 new apprenticeships created
  • 821 volunteer hours


ENGIE has a unique relationship with Wakefield. As part of a 10-year plan that started in October 2016, the business works in partnership with Wakefield Council to deliver services, including facilities management, buildings maintenance, repairs and cleaning. However, it wanted to go further, to help the people of Wakefield by aligning support to the Council’s priorities of creating a city that has successful businesses, people, places and Council.   

The city is the 65th most deprived district in the UK (out of 326), according to a joint strategic needs assessment (1), with 47,000 people living in neighbourhoods among the top 10 most deprived. So, ENGIE and the council are working together to improve education, skills and the health & well-being of the communities in Wakefield. 

Initiatives have been run with an investment of £568,000 and 821 volunteer hours from ENGIE employees.  482 hours of classroom activities have been delivered focusing on themes around aspiration, confidence and career opportunities.  To address poor health, the business has worked in schools, regularly hosting clubs in priority schools to make sure children eat properly during the holiday periods.

A further 363 hours of support, helping people to overcome the barriers to work, have taken place including mock interviews, CV writing sessions, bespoke industry related projects including partnerships with Schools, Adult Education, Job Centre Plus, and the Care Leavers team. 

As a result of the relationships it has built in the city, ENGIE is acknowledged as one of the top six employers in the region, demonstrated by a 400% increase in the number of applications for apprentice roles since the start of the contract.

  1. Wakefield JSNA. Poverty: Index of Multiple Deprivation. Available at

Unless otherwise stated, the information in this impact story has been supplied by ENGIE.