Active in the community and highly supportive of charity endeavours
We aim to play a supportive role in the local community. We also encourage staff initiatives to help local and wider-reaching groups and institutions.
The Safety Fund is earned by staff for meeting targets in safety and availability of the plant and equipment.
The money generated is allocated by Bacton and Zeebrugge staff and goes towards a range of charities and worthy beneficiaries in the district. Many local schools, sports associations, care homes and children’s charities have received support from IUK.
Bacton Community Affairs Group (CAG)
Interconnector is a member of CAG, which combines the resources of all the terminals at Bacton to support local good causes and charities.
The policy at Bacton is also to support the local businesses where possible, working with local suppliers, engineers, contractors and specialist companies to maintain our facilities and therefore invest in the local economy.
Our staff have been recruited from within a radius of 40-minute travel time to Bacton.
Local interest groups
Our Bacton team consults with local interest groups, meeting regularly with the members of the parish and district councils to work with them on any concerns they may have regarding site activities.
We offer apprenticeship schemes to local youngsters many of whom have offers of permanent employment on completion. We also support representation in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scheme and have two local STEM ambassadors at the Bacton site. These ambassadors reach out to youngsters in local schools to educate them about, and promote, the energy industry.
Charity bike rides
On the early May bank holiday in 2013 an intrepid bunch of cyclists set off on a charity ride from London to Bacton. Five riders from the Bacton terminal, two from London and another two support crew set off from London for the 150 mile journey. It took three days with both men and machines arriving in good order to be greeted by staff, familly and friends at the Bacton terminal gates for a champagne reception. The event was organised to support the Norfolk Renal Fund and raised in excess of £6,000 for the charity.
In 2011, IUK staff took part in a London to Zeebrugge bike ride. Twelve riders cycled a route that was roughly the distance of the Interconnector pipeline. Helped by a support crew of willing colleagues, the team attempted the 220 km cycle through the UK, France & Belgium over a bank holiday weekend in May. More than £10,000 was raised for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Heart Appeal.
On 1 February, 2013, staff took part in Rock up in Red day and raised more than £400, including a company contribution, for the British Heart Foundation. The previous year a similar amount was raised for Wear Red for Heart day. A Macmillan Cancer Research Coffee Morning was held by staff in September last year.
The Interconnector London office participates in Movember each year. Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
Student interview project
IUK has joined the Head to Head practice interview programme run by the Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership. Tower Hamlets in London, is one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK and this programme aims to raise students' aspirations, present positive role models and provide some experience of the world of work.
London staff volunteer during office hours to help students experience a realistic interview situation. The aim is to increase the student’s self-awareness and confidence and to help them to identify strengths and skills for further development.
These mock interviews are a stepping stone to applying for work experience, jobs or gaining access to higher education. It is also a rewarding experience for the staff volunteers.