The Chamber wants to be active in leading and supporting projects that look to support development locally and on a national level. Through funding and partnerships with local businesses the Chamber has been able to be involved in a range of community projects geared around supporting employability within the business community including:
Erasmus+ EYP Program
The EYP programme has been designed to provide a new way to deliver youth work and to support the personal and professional development of NEETs aged 16-24.
The programme aims to improve self-esteem, interpersonal skills, behaviour, and attitude, and to overcome practical barriers, then to signpost participants to appropriate providers that meet their needs for further training or a relevant pathway.
The project is also aimed at people working with NEETs, to support them to extend the reach of support to engage young people who are most distant from the labour market.
This project is an ideal way for young people, training providers, education and local businesses to work together. This will ensure the young people involved have a clearer pathway which will benefit them in the social and employment aspects of their life.
Pump It School Challenge
The Chamber are continuingly looking for projects that would help the local businesses, education and residents. If you feel you have a project or a partnership opportunity that you would like us to be involved in please contact us on chamber@wlchamber to discuss the opportunity.
Pump It Up 2017
Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning System Europe and the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce are working in partnership to bring closer together industry and schools with the aim of supporting young people in developing skills beneficial to their future career choice.
The awards ceremony, hosted at Howden Park Centre, is attended by a number of VIP guests from Mitsubishi, Scottish Parliament and West Lothian Council. This is where the finalists showcase their ideas and a winner is chosen. This years final was held on the June at Howden Park Centre 4.30pm – 7.30pm. We would like to say well done to all of our finalists who presented on the night. The heat pump designs were very impressive and everyone presented well on the night.
However, there can only be one winner and this year Bathgate Academy took first place with runner ups, Linlithgow Academy and Inveralmond Community High School.
We would like to congratulate Bathgate Academy who impressed the judges with their knowledge on the correct use of a heat pump and their application to recycle hot air from the gym to heat up the pool. The team had thought of all contingencies to get the most out of their design year-round. The idea tapped into everyday sports activities and found a way to make them more energy efficient. The judges were further impressed by their concern regarding renewable energy and their awareness of why it was an important part of their design showed the level of research and thought that went into their use for a heat pump.
The Chamber works in partnership with Jobcentre Plus (DWP) and West Lothian College has introduced #getajob programme to help break down the barriers faced by unemployed young people (age 18-24) in West Lothian in gaining employment. The programme provides an intensive, fun and invaluable series of workshops that will tackle the main barriers to employment by accessing young people’s skills and developing their ‘personal brand’.