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Glasgow pupils stay hydrated to help the environment

Pupils at a school in the West End of Glasgow have made a commitment to their health, while working to protect the environment at the same time.

Over 700 pupils at Notre Dame High School, aged 11-18, took ownership of a new re-usable water bottle this month from BAE Systems.  With their new bottles, the students are being encouraged to reduce their consumption of single-use plastic, refilling throughout the day using the school’s recently installed water dispensers.

An official bottle handover event was held at Notre Dame High School during Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which ran from 4-8 March 2019.  Apprentices from BAE Systems attended and shared their experiences about BAE’s apprenticeship programmes with a number of students in S5 and S6.  The students, who are in the process of making decisions about what to do now and upon leaving school, also got the opportunity to ask the apprentices questions about their own work and learning programmes.

BAE Systems offers over 30 apprenticeship programmes across its UK sites, including graduate level programmes, which offer work-based learning to degree level.  Subjects covered across the apprenticeships include software engineering, electrical engineering, cyber security, welding, finance and aircraft maintenance, amongst others. 

Head Teacher of Notre Dame High School, Rosemary Martin said:

“As a school, we are keen to do everything we can to protect the environment for future generations.  These new water bottles have certainly made us more aware of the benefits of recycling and cutting down on single use plastic.  Keeping hydrated throughout the day also facilitates better health and wellbeing for our students.

“Tying this event in with Scottish Apprenticeship Week was a fantastic opportunity for our older students to learn about the apprenticeship options available to them – both in their final years of school and after leaving school.  It was incredibly informative and the girls are now much more aware of the range of learning choices on offer– whether it is through a foundation, modern or graduate apprenticeship scheme.” 

Julie McCluskey, Education Partnership advisor from BAE Systems said:

“It is a privilege to work with Notre Dame High School, where we hope to inspire and encourage young people’s interest in STEM.and to help tackle gender perceptions about engineering. During 2019 we plan to recruit over 60 apprentices  in Glasgow.  Our programmes offer young people a competitive salary, academic or vocational qualifications, hands-on training, and real work-based learning.”