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Viridor sees bright future for talent pipeline following CareersFest 2017

2 February 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.

And, among other career related activities for young people, in Scotland the company has been taking part in careers work at Airdrie.


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”.

“Hearing about Viridor’s education offering at Ardley is like finding gold”

Paul Scott
Heyfords Free School

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 1,500 students attending.

It is described as the primary careers event with the aim of influencing and enthusing Oxfordshire’s next generation of employees, as well as providing for the interaction and networking with over 50 other local organisations.


Viridor took part in an employment and training fair in Airdrie co-hosted by local elected members for Airdrie & Shotts, Neil Gray MP and Alex Neil MSP.

The company joined over 60 businesses and skills providers to give help and advice to local prospective job seekers.  Company representatives discussed its current work with attendees – including the £700m Clyde Valley project and the £127m South Lanarkshire residual waste project – and the opportunities these will bring to the local area.

They also raised awareness of the work at Viridor’s Bargeddie and Newhouse recycling facilities in Lanarkshire and signposted attendees to the Viridor website to find and apply for current vacancies.

In addition to this, representatives also gave general careers guidance to attendees in order to help them on their way to employment or further training.

Katie Colquhoun, Community Benefits Officer for Viridor, said: “Viridor is committed to working in partnership with local communities and participating in today’s event is an important example of this.  We are always on the lookout for the best talent and this event provided a great opportunity to meet members of the local community and inform them of the types of opportunities arising as a result of our continued investment in Lanarkshire.”

Neil Gray, MP for Airdrie & Shotts, commented: “We are delighted that Viridor has taken the opportunity to attend our event.  As a large local employer, it’s very positive that they came along to speak more about current job opportunities and provide advice to those working towards employment.”