Social Mobility Foundation Receives $50,000 CH2M HILL Foundation Grant

Grant will implement new engineering residential programme for young people

Business Wire


CH2M HILL, the employee owned infrastructure and programme management company, has awarded a grant of USD$50,000 to the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF), through the CH2M HILL Foundation.

The grant has been awarded in support of the CH2M HILL Foundation mission to develop sustainable communities and to encourage social and environmental responsibility. The Foundation focuses on three pillars: environmental stewardship; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education; and employee engagement.

The SMF aims to help high-achieving young people from low-income backgrounds enter top professions including engineering, business, law and politics. The CH2M HILL Foundation grant will enable the SMF to implement its first engineering residential programme. The grant will support one-on-one mentoring between students and engineering professionals, a free structured one-week onsite work placement in the CH2M HILL London office for up to 25 A-level students, and skills workshops on networking, CV writing, presentations and interviews.

“We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen as CH2M HILL Foundation’s first UK grant recipient,” said David Johnston, CEO of the Social Mobility Foundation. “Importantly the partnership will not simply provide financial investment but enable us to utilise the skills of CH2M HILL employees who will act as mentors and work placement hosts for young people who would never otherwise get such opportunities. It is great for a small charity such as ours to have the support of such a prestigious global business.”

Rachel White, a UK employee board member for the Foundation says, “The CH2M HILL Foundation is delighted to be supporting the Social Mobility Foundation with its first UK grant. The Foundation’s core value of supporting skills development in STEM skills is strongly reflected in the SMF aims to make a practical improvement in social mobility for your people. Our employees are looking forward to getting engaged with the SMF and helping to make a difference to the prospects of young people in our local communities.”


Employee-owned CH2M HILL is one of the world’s leading consulting, design, design-build, operations, and programme management companies serving government, civil, industrial and energy clients, employing over 30,000 people worldwide. Our work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources.

CH2M HILL has operated in the UK for over 20 years and acquired Halcrow in 2011. Its European headquarters are in London and it employs over 3,300 people in the UK. CH2M HILL is working on some of the most iconic infrastructure programmes including High Speed 2, Thames Tideway Tunnels, the decommissioning of Dounreay and was one of the leading partners in CLM, Delivery Partner to the ODA for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

CH2M HILL is an active member of Business in the Community and the Employee Ownership Association.

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