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Future looks bright for talent pipeline at Viridor following CareersFest 2017

Viridor Ardley ERF Education Team at CareersFest 2017

Viridor praised CareersFest 2017 after two successful days at Oxfordshire’s most reputable careers advice and information event for students aged 14-19 years. .

The education team from Viridor’s Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Ardley, Oxfordshire attended the event and drew a crowd to their stand by showing how energy is harnessed from the resources around us, including non-recyclable household waste. Visitors also had the opportunity to play with interactive energy kits to demonstrate the physics behind recovering energy from waste.

In addition to promoting careers in energy recovery and encouraging a talent pipeline for science and engineering skills, the Viridor team were promoting their education centre at Ardley. Offering an exciting and immersive experience to students of all ages the facility supports core curriculum learning and is free for local schools and college groups to visit.

Paul Scott, Head of Science at the Heyfords Free School said
“Hearing about Viridor’s education offering at Ardley is like finding gold. I’ve never heard of any business offering such flexibility in their programme to meet the curriculum needs of schools. We will be visiting”.

Sylvie Verinder, Visitor Centre Manager at Viridor’s Ardley Energy Recovery Facility said
“Our aim for attending CareerFest was to change the perception of the waste industry as a potential career route. None of the students were aware of the high level of engineering involved in energy recovery and wanted to learn more about our business. I’m sure by attending this event we will see a rise in applications for our energy recovery engineering apprenticeship places”.

CareersFest was open to all Oxfordshire Schools and Colleges, with over 1500 students attending. This is the primary careers event to influence and enthuse Oxfordshire’s next generation of employees, as well as meet and network with over 50 other local organisations.



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