James Fisher Nuclear (JFN) is committed to making a positive contribution as a corporate citizen of the communities in which its businesses are located – and to the education and encouragement of the next generation of engineers and scientists.
It is important to JFN to support local community engagements in a way that promotes sustainability, social cohesion and well-being. This is particularly the case in a key area such as education, which ultimately serves our business by inspiring and developing future generations of engineers and scientists.
We support local schools by promoting projects designed to interest young people and motivate them to seriously consider careers in engineering and design. This can be through a wide range of initiatives including engineering awareness days, careers fairs, design projects and engineering problem-solving tasks. Examples of this have included engineering open days – either at individual schools or in multi-school initiatives such as Rydale Council’s ‘Opportunity Knocks’ careers event – in which JFN staff are on hand to help facilitate hands-on design and construction activities that provide an exciting learning experience for the students.
To promote a greater understanding of the work place, we also offer work experience to school-age students so that they can get a taste of the challenges and rewards of an engineering career.
For undergraduate students, JFN offers summer placements for work experience and offers internships to students on sandwich courses. We also act as an industrial supervisor to post-graduate students working on relevant engineering projects.
A heritage of charitable philanthropy
In addition to the support provided by the company, JFN is also associated with projects that are supported by the Sir John Fisher Foundation. Sir John was a former Chairman of James Fisher & Sons, who formed the foundation on his retirement in 1980 from the company originally founded in 1847 by his grandfather. Throughout his life Sir John’s interest in the affairs of the people of Barrow-in-Furness and the locality was legendary. Both he and his wife took a deep personal interest in many social and charitable organizations, giving personal support as well as financial aid.
To this day, the Foundation strives to continue that charitable tradition in his name. The dividends arising from the Foundation’s substantial holding of James Fisher and Sons plc shares enable the trustees to make grants to charitable causes throughout the UK, but with special regard to those based in and working for the benefit of people living in and around Barrow-in-Furness.
The Foundation supports charitable causes particularly in the six categories of maritime, medical and disability, education, music, arts and community projects. By making a tangible and positive contribution to the local community by supporting projects with, in many cases, a national or even international reach, the Sir John Fisher Foundation provides an excellent example of charitable philanthropy in action.
For more information on the Sir John Fisher Foundation click here to visit their website.