- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
Assembly Members Joyce Watson and Eluned Morgan have congratulated Dragon LNG on its nomination for a prestigious UK business in the community award.
The Milford Haven gas company has been shortlisted for the UBS Award for Education at this year’s Responsible Business Awards for its Darwin Centre Experience. The Labour Mid and West Wales AMs learnt more about the programme on a recent site visit.
Joyce Watson AM said:
“The Darwin Experience is rightly recognised as a unique and valuable feature of Pembrokeshire’s curriculum, a unique business-school collaboration. This sort of in-the-field learning is hugely important for boosting young people’s interest in the science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.”
Eluned Morgan said:
“It’s fantastic to see major companies like Dragon LNG give back to the local community in this way. We need to encourage more young people, especially girls, to see STEM subjects as an option worth choosing at school. They are our engineers of the future.”
The clean gas company, owned by Shell and Petronas, works with 76 local schools (61 of which are primaries). All Pembrokeshire schools have free site access, including transport – and extra fieldtrips are scheduled for schools with high Free School Meals rates. A three-year study to target younger school children began in September 2016.
Since its launch in 2005, more than 33,000 young people have benefited from the Darwin Centre Experience.
Should Dragon LNG make it through the next stage of the selection process, representatives will be invited to give a Dragons’ Den-style presentation next month, before the finalists are invited to attend the prestigious Annual Responsible Business Gala Dinner, held at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London, on 4 July.