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March 13, 2019

Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre

Viridor, Scotland’s leading recycling and low-carbon energy company, took part in an event hosted by the East Kilbride Group Training Association (EKGTA) this week to encourage more girls into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

Viridor representatives gave talks over two days on 4 and 5 March giving students from across South Lanarkshire Council the opportunity to hear first-hand about the current electrical apprenticeship roles available within Viridor and what experience and qualifications successful applicants stand to gain. The talks were part of a wider week-long event to mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week at EKGTA.

As part of the event, students also had a chance to take part in interactive workshops to learn what equipment they would be working with at Viridor’s new, £155m Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC) from two current Viridor apprentices Conor McCole and Rachael Lister.

The GRREC is a state-of-the-art recycling and sustainable waste management facility which will radically overhaul the way Glasgow’s household waste is managed over the next 25 years. At its peak, it will handle 200,000 tonnes of council green bin residual waste every year, producing enough energy to power the equivalent of 22,000 households.

Chris MacFarlane, Engineering and Maintenance Manager at Viridor, who spoke at the event, said: “We’re committed to providing the next generation of talent a vital stepping stone into our dynamic and innovative industry. Our new GRREC represents the cutting-edge of renewable and low-carbon technology and we’re delighted to share more information to help students find out more about this exciting career. We encourage all students who would like to join our talented and industry-leading team to get in touch.”

Rachael Lister, a first-year Mechanical Engineering Apprentice at Viridor, added: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to get young people – especially girls that might not have considered a career in waste management – engaged with future careers in STEM. Since leaving school and starting college at 15, my interest in engineering has grown and grown and I’m delighted to be able to try and encourage more girls into STEM by helping with this fantastic initiative.”

The apprenticeship is open to anyone who has or expects to achieve a minimum of 5 Nat 5s (Maths, English & a Science plus two others) and applications close 15 March.
For further information, please visit the careers page on Viridor’s website:

Rachael Lister

Rachael Lister, first-year Mechanical Engineering Apprentice


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