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Motherwell school partnership

14th July 2015

A local Motherwell primary school had an eco-boost before the summer break as the UK’s largest recycler, Viridor, signed an enterprise partnership with St Brendan’s Primary. The partnership aims to help educate young people about the value of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

The announcement marks the most recent in a series of enterprise partnerships Viridor has signed with schools in the North Lanarkshire area as part of the company’s STEM education support programme and £36m investment in green technologies at Newhouse and Bargeddie.

The programme aims to open young minds to the science and technology, and integrates with the company’s GO4SET secondary school partnership with the Engineering Development Trust.

In addition to supporting the summer fayre, the company has already welcomed the students to its £11m materials recycling facility in Bargeddie as well as its pioneering £154m Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre where the pupils were able to see the anaerobic digestion and gasification tanks to help bring STEM to life.

Martin Grey, Head of Media Relations & Public Affairs for Viridor, said:

“We are pleased to be able to enhance our involvement with schools in the North Lanarkshire area to enable us to educate children about the importance of STEM subjects to the green economy.

“By educating young people about the importance of these subjects we hope to encourage more of them to consider careers in these areas in the future.”

Mrs Maura Oates, Headteacher at St Brendan’s Primary School, added:

“Entering into a partnership with a company like Viridor has really helped bring science and mathematics subjects to life for the students.

“The visits to the facilities in Bargeddie and Glasgow have been especially good at highlighting the value of these subjects as well as educating the pupils about waste and recycling”

Cllr Helen McKenna, Convener of Environment at North Lanarkshire Council, said:

“It is a great learning opportunity for our schools to take part in programmes like this with large companies like Viridor to help teach our young people valuable life and work skills.

“By working with companies and their employees, young people can open their minds to these subjects which may, further down the line, encourage them to consider jobs in these important industries and make informed choices on their future career paths.”

Viridor’s involvement with the STEM education support programme is part of the company’s ongoing work to deliver enhanced community benefits and education opportunities in the areas it operates.

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