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Young gather to debate Scotland’s economy

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Bob Keiller: ‘future generations of Scots must have the right ambition’ (pic: Terry Murden)


A hundred young people from across Scotland will be given the opportunity today to discuss the future of Scotland’s economy at an event organised by Scottish Enterprise.

They will also have the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and get advice from an astronaut from NASA.

The Scottish Enterprise Chairman’s Challenge, part of the Year of Young People, aims to equip participants with the tools they need to lead change, now and in the future.

Delegates aged between 18 and 24 will attend the event in Glasgow and hear from Col. Doug Wheelock, a NASA astronaut, and senior leaders at Scottish Enterprise.

Participants will work with mentors from across industry to develop their solutions before presenting them to a panel of senior leaders from Scottish Enterprise and EY.

Commenting on the challenge, Bob Keiller, chairman of Scottish Enterprise, said: “We believe Scotland has a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions to the big challenges the world faces, while also creating inclusive economic development opportunities across the country.

“We must ensure that future generations of Scots have the right ambition, mindset, capabilities and connections to be able to provide solutions to some of these issues and today is all about inspiring these young people and setting them on the path to success.”

The event is supported by a range of organisations and businesses including Police Scotland, BBC Scotland, Scottish Power Renewables, RBS, Rolls-Royce, Standard Life Aberdeen, Adopt An Intern and Who Cares? Scotland.

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