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Business Takes Lead to Promote Next Generation of Innovators

Wed, 2015-02-18 11:41

West Lothian Chamber of Commerce, part of the accredited Scottish Chambers of Commerce Network, showcased the “Pump It Up” Challenge to Minister for Youth & Women’s Employment, Annabelle Ewing MSP on Tuesday 17th February 2015.

In partnership with Mitsubishi Electric, the Challenge was piloted with 160 S3 pupils from Armadale High School and proved an outstanding success in promoting innovation and creativity and supported young people in developing skills beneficial to their future development. The partnership has now extended across eleven high schools in the West Lothian area – opening up a wealth of opportunities for young Scots. The competition will enable students to work on projects related to the environment and renewables with the aim of better understanding science and technology in green energy.

Showcasing the success of the “Pump It Up” Challenge, Liz Cameron, CEO & Director of Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:

“This is a perfect example of the kind of impact that can be achieved when industry and education come together. Already, the schools network and hundreds of young people in the West Lothian area are benefiting from a wealth of experience and knowledge by collaborating directly with Mitsubishi.

“Developing Scotland’s future talent is a task for everyone in the business community as it will be business that is a key beneficiary. Talented young people will mean new innovation and fresh creativity injected into Scotland’s industries to boost our economy.

“Expansion of the “Pump it Up” Challenge and similar collaborative projects are what I would like to see taken forward in the National Invest in Young People panels, with business in the driving seat, creating a new generation of young people with business skills in their DNA.”

Minister for Youth & Women’s Employment, Annabelle Ewing MSP, said:

“It is vitally important to show young people the whole range of fascinating and challenging job opportunities there are available to them. I am delighted to support and celebrate the Pump it Up Challenge for sparking the interest of so many pupils. Our continued focus on linking industry to our schools, colleges and universities is opening up new avenues for young people and showcasing the full range of paths that can lead to rewarding and life-long careers.”

Rodney Ayre, Senior Department Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Air conditioning Systems Europe Ltd

“The schools project has created a link between Mitsubishi Electric and the local schools within the West Lothian area developing the workforce of the future and ensuring students get first-hand experience of manufacturing, environment and renewables. This activity promotes Mitsubishi Electric’s commitment to Scotland and the local community.”

To read more on the Pump It Up Challenge click here