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6th Nov 2014

Adviza has been selected as finalists for two of the six 2014 Career Development Institute Awards for our work with young people. This year's awards will be presented at the UK Career Development Awards Dinner, a black-tie/formal dress event, on the evening of the Monday 17th November. Adviza is also sponsoring an award this year: Best Practice in the Use of Technology in Career Development, an award the charity won in 2013.

Careers Adviser/Coach of the Year - Alison Baigrie
One of our careers advisers, Alison Baigrie, has been nominated as Careers Adviser of The Year for her exemplary work at Henry Box school in Oxfordshire. Alison has worked within the school for 25 years and in recent years has successfully developed a programme that is responsive to the needs of the young people and the school staff as well as including local employers. She is a passionate and knowledgeable professional, who collaborates with colleagues and school staff to ensure all students are fully supported with their achievements and progression plans. The feedback Alison has received highlights her flexibility and ability to deliver positive outcomes through timely events, challenging discussions, guidance interviews, career promotion sessions and real-world advice from employers, all of which are involved in her careers education programme.

Best Practice in Delivering Career Development Services by a large provider (employing 50+ staff) - Energise
Energise is an innovative three-year programme working with vulnerable 14-15 year olds across the Thames Valley to enable them to progress in their lives, particularly in terms of education and work. A pilot for the DWP Innovation Fund, the Energise programme is a payment by results project funded by social investors. Energise is designed to build resilience, confidence and aspiration to reduce the chances of young people becoming NEET. The programme comprises residential weeks with adventure activities, work experience, mentoring and one-to-one guidance ranging from time management and forward planning to how to create CVs and college applications. It has been two years of considerable achievement with 1300 young people starting on the project. Energise has had a significant impact on young people including improved attitude, attendance and behaviour at school.

Below are just some of the great comments we have received from young people and schools about the services for which we have been nominated:

“Thank you Alison for putting on the employer and careers event – it was great for the students and for the community. It was a good initiative and very well implemented.” (Chair of Governors, Henry Box School)

“Alison is always willing to embrace changes and supports colleagues in any way she can… I have seen Alison deliver Morrisby very successfully. In fact it was so successful, the school want to book another session… She always talks through how new ideas can work and talks through any problems that may arise. She always finds a solution to problems and listens to all points of view.” (Head of Careers, West Oxfordshire Learning Partnership)

“This programme [Energise] has helped me in so many different ways and I would definitely recommend it to anyone”. (Young person)

“Brilliant project, our [Energise] Adviser has been very good and extremely flexible which has been much appreciated….the students involved have been extremely positive and have really engaged with the whole experience”. (Headteacher)

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