Council invites Highlanders to enter Young Consumers of the Year Competition 2007

Young people in the Highlands are being urged by Highland Council’s Trading Standards Service to get their application forms in for the Young Consumers of the Year Competition 2007 by this Saturday (30th September, 2006).

Young Consumers of The Year is a unique competition that involves hundreds of schools and youth groups from across the country, that rise to the challenge to become the nation's top young consumers of 2007.

Co-ordinated by the Trading Standards Institute, it invites teams of four aged between 14 and 18 years old to compete in a knockout quiz which tests them on a range of consumer issues including: consumer rights and responsibilities; money and finance; food and health; safety and the environment; and Europe.

The competition is separated out into three stages, from local finals to regional competitions, culminating in a fiercely fought national final, which this year will be held at the MICC in Manchester 26 - 28 June 2007.

The competition makes the competitors aware of their responsibilities as well as their rights and gives them essential life skills as they prepare for the world of work. It arms young people with the information to make right decisions and become a powerful force for changing and shaping markets.

Glenys Brown, Highland Council’s Assistant Trading Standards Officer said: “The competition is a means for us to raise awareness of consumer issues and rights to young persons and is part of a national consumer education strategy. The local competition which will be held in Inverness in December 2006 is an excellent opportunity for students before they break up for the Christmas festivities. All Highland secondary schools have been invited to take part in the competition and a specially devised ‘Young Consumer of the Year Competition Newsletter 2007’ has been sent out to schools in the area.”

Further information about Young Consumers of the Year can be found on the Trading Standards Institute website at: www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/yconsumers/index.htm
or by contacting Glenys Brown, Highland Council’s Assistant Trading Standards Officer on tel: (01463) 228717 or email: glenys.brown@highland.gov.uk.

2 Oct 2006
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