The Chamber is continually working to support the growth of West Lothian through partnership working with local businesses, colleges, schools and the WL Council. Working together to target projects and initiatives to make an impact on youth unemployment, education and much more.
Recently we have been involved in a range of projects aimed at developing West Lothian’s skills base, the most successful of these has been the #getajob. The aim of the programme was to better equip 18 – 24 year olds with the skills needed to engage with employers. From the candidates who completed the programme 10 are now in employment 3 went on to college and 2 to university.
The Chamber is working with all local schools to help build enterprise into their curriculum. The most successful of these initiatives is the Mitsubishi Pump it Up Challenge, now in its third year. This challenge is aimed at secondary school pupils across West Lothian, to think up, design and present a use for a heat pump. To spark an interest in engineering at a young age with the view of taking it on to their future career.
We are also here to support local charities and over the years the Chamber has raised over £20 000 through a variety of means. Most recently for No Limits with the Total Warrior Challenge and West Lothian Youth Action Project with the charity prize draw at the Business Excellence Awards.
We are currently working on ways to build on this success with new projects to be launched later this year.