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Dumfries & Galloway children taking part in unique national competition

EDT 'Industrial Cadets bronze programme' 2021

Young students in Dumfries and Galloway are using the Covid-19 lockdown and home-schooling wisely, by participating in a unique national competition to develop children’s key skills for future subject choices and careers.

It’s hoped up to forty children from Moffat and Langholm will take part in the Engineering Development Trust’s (EDT) 'Industrial Cadets bronze programme', a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) based project.

S2 pupils at Moffat Academy will be participating along with a community project team that is being led by the Langholm Initiative.

The 12-week project is sponsored by Developing the Young Workforce Dumfries & Galloway (DYWDG), and one of Scotland’s biggest wind farm operators, Community Windpower.

Flora Lewis Gotts, EDT’s industry engagement manager, said: “We are delighted to be working with DYWDG, Community Windpower, the Langholm Initiative and Moffat Academy on this project.

“This is an exciting opportunity to engage young people with the renewable energy sector and introduce them to an exciting future of work in the local area.

“We are also excited as this is the first time in three years that Dumfries and Galloway will have students representing the area in the National Industrial Cadet Bronze project.”

The young students will be tasked with preparing a project based around the renewable energy industry, before presenting their finished product in a regional competition.

The winner of which will represent Dumfries and Galloway at a national final planned for later this year.

Justin Thomas, programme manager at DYWDG, said: “We’re delighted to once again work with our partners EDT and Community Windpower on this important support mechanism for children in Dumfries & Galloway.

“Significant work has been done over the last year to allow this opportunity to work online whilst still encouraging team communication.

“It’s pleasing to have children from both Moffat and Langholm involved, as it highlights the importance of both town’s roles in future renewable energy proposals and promotes green and STEM related career paths.

Several members of the Community Windpower team will act as the vital mentors for the young people during this project and all will be on hand when required to give business advice and encouragement.

Rebecca Elliott, assistant project manager at Community Windpower, said: "Community Windpower is pleased to be taking part in this year’s Industrial Cadets bronze programme in Dumfries and Galloway with DYWDG and EDT.

“Community Windpower believes it is important to work and share our knowledge with the younger generations, especially in the areas close to our developments, as there are so many green job opportunities in the renewable energy sector that the students may be interested in pursuing in the future.”

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