Welsh Slate helps drive school success

The Lagan group company is sponsoring a minibus for its local school.

Welsh Slate, part of the Lagan group, has further strengthened its ties with its local secondary school by sponsoring its minibus for the next three years.

Agreement to the £7,500 investment comes just weeks after Welsh Slate teamed up with Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen in Bethesda to pioneer a Business Class programme in Gwynedd.

The initiative is one of more than 80 Business in the Community (BITC) programmes in Wales and is delivered by Careers Wales and funded by the Welsh Government.

The 17-seater minibus is used frequently to take students of all ages on field trips and to other colleges.

Chris Allwood, Welsh Slate’s managing director, said: “We are delighted to be able to help the students make the most of the opportunities to learn within the region they live in.”

School principal Dylan Davies added: “We are very grateful to Welsh Slate for their generous contribution towards the cost of the bus.”

The Business Class model is one that builds sustainable partnerships between business and schools in Wales, partnerships that are driven by the needs of schools and the priorities, resources and capacity of businesses.

As part of this Welsh Slate is looking to improve and develop students’ entrepreneurial and employability skills by providing a variety of experiences from work experience through site visits to an enterprise challenge. The partnership helps students to develop lifelong skills and knowledge that will support them through school and into the world of work.

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