Bright young business brains across Scotland learn circle of life skills

  • 1000 primary and secondary pupils are getting involved in the Circular Economy Challenge
  • More than 200,000 jobs are expected to be created in the circular economy sector in Britain by 2030

Young entrepreneurs in the west of Scotland are being encouraged to lead an environmental revolution by taking part in interactive sustainability sessions.

Around 1000 primary and secondary pupils are getting involved in the Circular Economy Challenge, a programme run by Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) and funded by the Scottish Power Foundation.

In a series of innovative practical workshops, young people will be encouraged to think about how businesses can run effectively and successfully in a world with finite resources by making their own sustainable product.

Sustainability sessions will show youngsters how to eliminate waste and reduce dependency on natural resources, and will also address the environmental impact of manufacturing processes.

Young people from each school will create and market their own product or service and present it to a panel of industry experts at the end of the process.

Phil Duffield of Scottish Power Foundation launches the Programme with Circular Economy Project Executive Marie Leck along with two young peopleMalcolm Cochrane

As a global community, we're eating into finite resources and that can't work in the longer term.

"A circular economy model - where the goods of today become the resources of tomorrow - will help to prevent future shortages of food, water and housing.

"More than 200,000 jobs are expected to be created in the circular economy sector in Britain by 2030, so it's vital that we provide young people with the skills and aptitudes they will need to lead and work in businesses in the future.

"The circular economy sessions will get young people thinking about how they would redesign the current model, and will also increase awareness of and respect for the environment.

"We're very proud to be running the challenge in schools across the west of Scotland - and we could not do this without the support of theScottish Power Foundation. We hope the activities will help enterprising young minds of today prepare for the economy of tomorrow.

Geoff Leask, Chief Executive at YES
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