Schools Programme


The aim of the NLHPP schools programme is to stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, as well as construction, engineering and waste infrastructure related careers.

The NLHPP schools programme is currently available to any secondary school within the seven north London boroughs which are served by the NLWA (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest). The programme is structured around four key topics listed below. For further information about the individual sessions (including aims of the sessions, activities and alignment with the Gatsby Benchmarks), click on each topic below:  

Please note that these can be adapted to meet the individual needs of the school, including SEN secondary schools. Adaptation of these sessions for primary school students is also currently being piloted. Please email if you are interested in participating.



Our sessions are delivered by professionals who are working on the NLHPP across a wide range of roles, from planning and architecture to legal and finance, as well as communications, construction and engineering. This allows the project to offer young people in north London a first hand insight into the range of roles and activities required to deliver a large scale construction project to inspire future generations.

Students participating in a workshop involving building structures using spaghetti and other materials

To date, over 2,000 young people have engaged in the NLHPP schools programme achieving the following outcomes:

  • Greater understanding of job roles: Over half of students said that they had gained a greater understanding of the variety of job roles in a large scale construction project and had gained an increased understanding of the North London Heat and Power Project.
  • Increased likelihood of pursuing a construction & engineering related career: As a direct result of our session, more students said that they would now consider a career in construction, engineering or the built environment.
  • Increased likelihood of doing an apprenticeship: After participating in our session, double the amount of students said that they would now consider pursuing the apprenticeship route to employment.


Green Skills event with Enfield and Waltham Forest schools - November 2022


Feedback we've received from students about the sessions include:

'I have learnt a lot about ACCIONA and the industry and I would consider doing construction'

‘The activities made me aware of how little things we can do in school can really help the environment’

'I learnt many things but what I like most is how the project can give us heat and power. Very cool’

‘I enjoyed learning about this and have learnt a lot. This will help me in my future and it was fun’

‘I have learnt a lot about the project and know how to be more eco-friendly’

'Very good to learn about how we can change the world'


As well as the in-person school engagement programme run in relation to the NLHPP, NLWA also has a number of online resources intended for use by teachers and education practitioners in the classroom. These are targeted towards primary school students in KS1 and KS2 and in particular, are centred on learning about waste prevention and recycling. 

For further details, please follow this link: North London Waste Education Hub | NLWA