in the community
In the United Kingdom, we build relationships that support the economic and social fabric of the communities where we work. Since 2016, Chevron has invested more than £1 million ($1.4 million) to support community organisations and the development of U.K. talent through Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) initiatives, university alliances and technical apprenticeship programmes.
supporting strong communities
In Scotland, Chevron supports Instant Neighbour, a charity that takes a hands-on approach to tackling poverty in our local communities. Instant Neighbour provides emergency food parcels to individuals needing urgent assistance and provides low-income parents with access to affordable, safe child care items. Chevron also sponsors their Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ programme, which mobilises Aberdeen’s citizens to purchase gifts for disadvantaged children in the community. In 2017, volunteers, including Chevron employees, gave over 400 hours of their time to package more than 6,000 gifts.
Chevron also supports Aberdeen Cyrenians, a charity that provides services for homeless people in the area. Chevron employees help with the organisation’s Street Alternatives programme by volunteering on a weekly basis to cook and serve food to the homeless. The company also runs annual food drives to donate non-perishable food items for distribution through the local food bank.
As part of Chevron's commitment to helping entrepreneurs generate successful businesses in the community, Chevron partners with social enterprise Elevator to facilitate the start-up and growth of new and existing businesses across Scotland. In 2017 Elevator supported more than 1,300 start-ups across Aberdeen city and shire.
supporting STEM education and developing skills
Chevron has developed strategic partnerships with the University of Aberdeen and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh as part of our University Partnerships and Association Relations (UPAR) group. UPAR forms relationships with colleges, universities and associations around the world to provide scholarships, grants and contributions to help build tomorrow’s energy workforce.
Professor Richard Williams
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Heriot-Watt University
We focus on supporting programmes that teach young people the STEM skills needed for careers in the energy industry. Through our support of TechFest, we offer students master classes in maths taught by industry professionals and academics. In addition, we support STEM education through TechFest's Maths in the Pipeline and STEM in the Pipeline programmes.
Annually, Chevron supports the TechFest Festival, a month-long programme of science and technology events, workshops and shows in Aberdeen and across north east Scotland. In 2017, Chevron's work with TechFest reached more than 55,000 people.
TechFest's Eureka Family Science programme sponsored by Chevron has continued to grow in popularity since its launch in 2016. The series of shows and after-school sessions invites children to test their science and engineering skills through a number of hands-on workshops.
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In 2017, Chevron’s work with TechFest, including the Maths in the Pipeline and STEM in the Pipeline programme, reached more than 55,000 people.
Together with Portsoy Community Enterprise and Banff Academy, Chevron is funding a youth boat-building project to help develop the vocational skills of school children in the local community. The practical outreach programme uses traditional boat-building methods to provide young people aged 14 - 16 with an out-of-school STEM learning opportunity to help them develop self-confidence and teamwork skills.
We also sponsor the Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs. This programme has played a key role in inspiring young people to pursue STEM careers. There are currently more than 1,500 clubs in the network, with a membership of more than 30,000 boys and girls aged 7 through 17. We participate in the Young Engineers and Science Clubs annual event, where Chevron employees use our interactive 3-Minute Challenge to test the young students’ skills. We also provided sponsorship for a programme called I’m an Engineer, I Can Help Here! The initiative focused on training teachers and educating students from Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire about the different disciplines of engineering and related careers.
Chevron supports Engineers ’n’ Our Lives, a programme developed and delivered by Live Wire Productions. Over 10,000 schoolchildren have taken part in the programme which gives them the opportunity to appreciate the role engineering plays in their lives. The students take part in age-appropriate STEM challenges with the help of Chevron professionals. Chevron also supports Safeopoly, an initiative that focuses on helping children understand the risks associated with using the internet. To date, the programme has engaged more than 100 schools in Aberdeen city and shire, reaching approximately 6,000 children.