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16th Feb 2015

Seventeen young people taking part in Adviza’s Energise Programme met Sir John Madejski on Thursday 12th February when he visited Denefield School in Reading. The visit by Sir John formed part of a day of activities organised by Adviza for the young people’s QCF qualification in entrepreneurship. They heard him speak about his life and how he did well in business, and asked him questions about his career.  The day concluded with the presentation of their Level 3 qualification by awarding body Newbury College.

The day was a great success and the young people gained a new understanding of what it takes to be successful. Young people participating commented:

“I didn’t know what to do if I had a good idea. Now I know how to think about it in a different way.” Stewart, age 15

“I’ve got to work hard to be successful – I think.” Connah, age 15

“I really enjoyed putting together the business plan at the end, and particularly having to stand-up and talk about it.” Shannon, aged 15

Dianne Aston, Energise Team Leader, said: “The young people on the Energise project are often a lively bunch and sometimes it is challenging to engage them in a classroom setting. Sir John managed to hold their full attention and they asked some very good questions. He really inspired them and later in the day they split into groups and pitched their own business ideas.”

The Energise Programme is designed to build resilience, confidence and aspiration in young people aged 14-15 at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) to help them make the transition from education to employment.  Initial outcomes data collated by Adviza shows the programme is helping achieve sustained improvements in young participants’ behaviour, attitude and school attendance.  

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