Pupils take part in CRE8 event

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TEAMS of Year nine pupils from lo­cal schools have taken part in a se­ries of busi­ness chal­lenges at a Ca­reers Wales event at The Neuadd Re­ichel, Ban­gor Univer­sity.

The Busi­ness Class Clus­ter CRE8 event, held in col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Welsh Gov­ern­ment Warm Homes, Nest scheme, Ca­reers Wales and Busi­ness in the Com­mu­nity (BITC), saw pupils from seven schools com­pet­ing against each other to pro­mote en­ergy ef­fi­cient projects.

Busi­ness Class is a BITC pro­gramme funded in Wales by the Welsh Gov­ern­ment and de­liv­ered by Ca­reers Wales aimed at forg­ing links be­tween em­ploy­ers and schools.

Stu­dents were asked to de­sign and cre­ate an en­ergy ef­fi­cient prod­uct from re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als which in­cluded; an ex­er­cise de­vice that pro­duces en­ergy, an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ve­hi­cle and a lap­top that pro­duces its own en­ergy, which they then pre­sented to a panel of ex­pert judges.

The groups were judged on their de­sign, team work, and pre­sen­ta­tion, with Ys­gol Creud­dyn an­nounced as the over­all win­ners at the end of the day with their de­sign of ‘En­er­gym; a gym park that pro­duces elec­tric­ity from ki­netic en­ergy!’.

The CRE8 event was a cul­mi­na­tion of a se­ries of Busi­ness Class com­pe­ti­tions, geared to­wards im­prov­ing school pupils’ un­der­stand­ing of the world of work and to learn about the im­por­tance of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency tech­nol­ogy.

As part of the ini­tia­tive to im­prove re­la­tion­ships be­tween North West Wales schools and their sup­port­ing Busi­ness Am­bas­sadors, the com­peti­tors re­ceived sup­port from lead­ing Welsh em­ploy­ers in­clud­ing

Welsh Wa­ter and Welsh Slate.

Nikki Lawrence, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Ca­reers Wales, said: “One of our core aims at Ca­reers Wales is en­cour­ag­ing busi­nesses and schools to work to­gether col­lab­o­ra­tively to en­cour­age learn­ing about the world of work.

“The chal­lenges in this Busi­ness Class CRE8 event were fo­cused on teach­ing pupils about en­ergy ef­fi­cient tech­nol­ogy and how they can use their skills to de­sign and cre­ate such prod­ucts.

“With en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns be­com­ing a ma­jor topic on the news agenda, this event was par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant for young peo­ple, many of whom have demon­strated such a keen in­ter­est in the fu­ture of the planet.

“En­gag­ing with ma­jor em­ploy­ers such as Welsh Wa­ter and Welsh Slate not only demon­strates their com­mit­ment to en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly prod­ucts, but also teaches the next gen­er­a­tion of work­ers key skills and in­no­va­tions in this area.”

Re­becca Falvey, Head of Pro­grammes at Busi­ness in the

Com­mu­nity, said: “We’ve loved sup­port­ing the CRE8 pro­gramme across Wales and see­ing the in­no­va­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal ideas from all the stu­dents.

“We are de­lighted through our Busi­ness Class pro­gramme, de­liv­ered with our part­ners Ca­reers Wales, to be able to sup­port stu­dents in Wales to de­velop the key skills they will need in the fu­ture to build suc­cess­ful and happy lives.”

Les­ley Grif­fiths Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment, En­ergy and Ru­ral Af­fairs said: “En­ergy ef­fi­ciency and re­cy­cling are key to the Welsh Gov­ern­ment’s green agenda and so I am de­lighted with the fo­cus of this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

“CRE8 is an ex­cel­lent way of help­ing young peo­ple de­velop the skills needed for the fu­ture to help us save en­ergy, save money and more im­por­tantly, the planet by re­duc­ing the need for us to con­sume the earth’s re­sources for our own needs.”

Ca­reers Wales is an all-Wales ser­vice that of­fers free ca­reer ad­vice, tips and guid­ance to peo­ple of all ages look­ing to en­ter full or part time em­ploy­ment, work schemes, ap­pren­tice­ships or gain work ex­pe­ri­ence to fur­ther their skills and job prospects.

Ca­reers Wales gives ad­vice in Welsh and English and for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and to ac­cess their ser­vices, you can search on­line for www.ca­reer­swales.com or fol­low them on Twit­ter @Ca­reer­sWales or on Face­book un­der www.face­book. com/ca­reer­swales.

● Above and be­low left, Year 9 pupils from lo­cal schools took part in The Busi­ness Class Clus­ter CRE8 event

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