A frieze depicting a ‘World Class Burnley’ is to be distributed to secondary and primary schools across the town to try and inspire young students.
The frieze, which is a horizontal piece of decoration usually placed on a wall, will represent Burnley’s fantastic global businesses and the products they make, and was made by Burnley Council in partnership with Burnley Bondholders.
It will also be displayed in other public areas in such as Burnley Library.
Council Leader Mark Townsend said: “People are often surprised to learn Burnley is a hugely international town with many of our businesses competing on a global stage.
“Our global connections make us leaders in aerospace, engineering, and manufacturing.
“Burnley contributes hugely to British exports and the frieze is a wonderful way of telling this story.”
Burnley contributes hugely to British exports and the frieze is a wonderful way of telling this storyCouncil Leader Mark Townsend
It is hoped that the frieze will make youngsters aware of the successful global businesses on their doorstep and the career opportunities they can offer.
Mark Dixon, headteacher at Padiham Green Primary School, said: “I do think it’s wonderful for our local children to have a chance to see how amazing and how worldwide Burnley really is.
“If this frieze can raise their aspirations in any way and make them want to contribute to and become a part of Burnley’s growth in the world when they are older, then that can only be a good thing.”
Mark Crabtree, managing director of AMS Neve and chairman of the Burnley Bondholders, says people are ‘blown away’ when they discover than £600million of Burnley products have been exported to over 140 countries across the globe. We want to inspire local students to think about the career opportunities right here on their doorstep.
“We want to equip our young residents and students with the aspirations, qualifications, and skills to flourish, and we are working alongside schools to achieve this.”
If you would like a copy of the frieze for display in your premises you can contact Joanne Etherington at Burnley Council on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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