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.”
Part of the FTSE 250 Pennon Group, Viridor’s purpose is to give resources new life, transforming ‘waste’ into high quality recyclables, raw materials and energy.
Each year Viridor transforms over 1.5 million tonnes of materials into high quality recyclate, and yet more into over 930 gigawatt hours of renewable energy. In total it safely manages over seven million tonnes of recyclables and waste materials for customers from all sectors across the UK.
The company’s full range of services includes: recycling and waste prevention advice and auditing; advanced materials recycling; glass and plastics reprocessing; composting; mechanical & biological treatment; anaerobic digestion; waste to energy; transport; collections; landfill disposal; and habitat restoration and management.
Employing over 3,500 people, Viridor strives to be an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable business. It achieved a three-star ranking in Business in the Community’s 2015 Corporate Responsibility Index. All sites and services are operated under the company’s integrated business management system incorporating the highest environmental, quality, health and safety, and energy management standards.
About Busisess in the Community
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Responsible business is about how a business makes its money not just how it spends its profit. It is about managing growth responsibly while reducing dependency on natural resources. It is about how the business operates as an employer, supplier and customer and how as a neighbour it helps to create vibrant communities where people can flourish.
With the encouragement of strong leadership, we are proving responsible business can be a force for positive change – and that tackling social and environmental issues can return financial value.
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