Investing in the local community

Leading Northamptonshire employer, Opus Energy unveils new murals created in collaboration with two local schools, as it invests in its next generation of talent.

Opus Energy has unveiled new artwork created in collaboration with local schools in its brand new headquarters, Opus Energy House. The murals were designed and created by local students and employees, depicting the company’s four internal values: honesty, energised, achieving and together.

The collaborative project was led by Opus Energy’s early careers team, calling upon students and pupils from the tattoo and illustration courses at Moulton College and Northampton College to brighten the walls of Opus Energy’s newest office. A team of employees also assisted with creating a mural, and as a thank you for their involvement, Opus Energy is donating £1,000 to each school, as well as a charity chosen by the Opus Energy staff who participated.

The murals were unveiled by Opus Energy COO Nikki Flanders, with representatives, students and parents from the local schools in attendance.

Nikki Flanders, Chief Operations Officer at Opus Energy, commented: “We work closely with several local schools in Northampton, from running CV workshops to offering places in our apprenticeship programme, so to be able to collaborate on such a fun and creative project was a real joy for everyone. Bringing our internal values to life with these murals is a great reminder of what our business stands for, helping drive us on to even more growth and success, which in turn we hope to reinvest in the local community.”

Liz Etherington, Art and Design teacher at Northampton College commented:

"Our students had a big canvas to unleash their creativity, and it's fantastic that the result will be a lasting visual asset that links the college to one of the area's leading employers. Working with Opus Energy has been a delight.”

Opus Energy has actively been engaging local schools such as Moulton College and Northampton College with its early careers programme, regularly running workshops to help students improve their employability skills and continuing the success of its apprenticeship programme, which has seen over 40 students complete since its inception in 2012.

Victoria Robson, Head of Art from Moulton College commented: “It’s been fantastic for our sixth formers to get the chance to work on a project of this scale, which will add colour to Opus Energy’s new headquarters. Sixth form is an important time in a young adult’s life as their futures can be forged depending on what choices they make, so having mentors such as Opus Energy engaging them around their future career opportunities now is fantastic to see, as not all employers take such an active interest at this stage.”

The murals can be seen throughout Opus Energy House, situated in key areas by break rooms and the wellness room. The new headquarters brought all 700 Northampton team members under one roof, with capacity for 1,500 employees, signalling the company’s ambitious growth plans.

Nikki Flanders concluded: “Investing in the local community is incredibly important to us, and the chance to work with young artists from the area has been great. Engaging schools about Opus Energy, our early careers programme and our apprenticeship scheme gives us the opportunity to inform future talent about our business. Northampton has been such a core part of Opus Energy’s history and success, so we want to reinvest in the area and give back where we can.”

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