The North West’s leading businesses have awarded the 2007 Lever Prize, an annual award for world-class cultural organisations in the region, to Manchester International Festival.
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Raising Expectations’ is a community education partnership between PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Royal Exchange Theatre. Since 2004 the partnership has enabled 360 young people between the ages of 9-18 to work with a variety of arts practitioners, to see professional productions at the Royal Exchange Theatre and to perform on the stage of one of the most prestigious theatres in the country. The aim of the partnership is to work with youngsters in deprived areas of Manchester to raise educational achievement.
An event was hosted by AstraZeneca in association with Responsibility Northwest, the Northwest Business Leadership Team and the Mersey Basin Campaign. The focus of the workshop was on good environmental management and over 65 delegates attended, mainly from the private sector.
On a single day each year students and teachers from North West secondary schools gather at ten regional centres to compete in the BAE Systems Rotary Technology Tournament.
David Tolfree, Executive Director of Technopreneur (a consultancy for the commercial exploitation of micro and nanotechnologies) gave an address to a recent Forum meeting.
Business in the Community, one of NWBLT’s founding bodies, have recently launched their Education Toolkit to help businesses in the North West deliver high quality education programmes. Its purpose is to help create tomorrow’s competitive workforce by inspiring and engaging businesses in the North West region to work in partnership with schools to improve young people’s achievement.
British Nuclear Group has a well established policy of supporting education focused on the teaching of science, technology, engineering and maths. Within the travel to work area in Cumbria they have 11 secondary schools and 79 primary schools – one of these schools is St Benedict’s Catholic High School, a specialist Engineering College.
Initiated in 2003 Grow Your Future Workforce (GYFW) is a unique partnership between business and education. The aim is to get more young people to take up careers as engineers in the electricity industry.
Innovia Films Ltd in Wigton Cumbria is the world’s leading producer of speciality cellulose and polypropylene film employing 860 people on the site and 1300 globally.
The second major employer in the town is the local comprehensive, The Nelson Thomlinson School, which is a short walk from the plant.
The judging panel for the 2007 Lever Prize have received presentations on behalf of the three short-listed candidates – Chester Zoo, The Lowry and Manchester International Festival.