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Viridor helps Oxfordshire’s school children make the right choices

17th December 2015

Viridor welcomed teachers and pupils from The Bicester School to its state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility at Ardley to mark the start of a partnership to help pupils gain invaluable insight into how subjects, such as maths and science, directly link to careers within the recycling, resources and renewable energy sector. The partnership, brought together by Business in the Community and known as ‘Business Class’ develops local clusters of businesses from across a wide spectrum of industries and pairs them with local schools.

The pupils get to learn about how the facility operates, relying on the principles that are first developed at school. Whilst working in an inspirational learning setting and benefiting from mentoring from the facility’s experienced team of engineers each week throughout the school term.

Viridor transforms what some would refer to as ‘waste’ into high quality recyclate and renewable energy contributing to the UK’s resource productivity. Making this happen every day is a network of facilities which utilise cutting edge technology operated by highly trained teams. As the recycling, resources and renewable energy sector becomes a more attractive industry for school leavers, the partnership supports Viridor’s commitment to investing in people and developing skills for the future resource management needs of the UK.

Dan Cooke, Director of External Affairs for Viridor said of the partnership: “It is tremendous that we are able to forge such a strong relationship with The Bicester School, we are able to deliver education experiences that are anchored in the national curriculum, but are located outside of the classroom in the stunning facility at Ardley. Viridor looks forward to welcoming many pupils to the facility to become inspired by the possibility of a career working in science and engineering.”

Tony Rushworth, Head Teacher at The Bicester School added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for The Bicester School to work with our community partner Viridor and be involved in some excellent community-based science projects which we hope will inspire many of our students into science-based careers in the future.”

Gunther Jancke, Head of Education for Business in the Community “Across the Country over 450 schools have developed constructive and long lasting relationships with over 1,000 schools. Industries across the UK are warning of future skill shortages and it’s therefore vital that employers take an active role in partnering with schools. We are delighted to welcome Viridor and The Bicester School into the Business Class programme as it demonstrates a clear commitment by both organisations to help prepare and develop the UK’s future workforce.”

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