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12th Nov 2012

Adviza is pleased to announce details of an innovative new 3 year programme working with 14 and 15 year olds across the Thames Valley called Energise.

The programme is designed to build resilience, confidence and aspiration to enable vulnerable young people to progress in their lives, particularly in terms of education and work. Energise will focus on the towns of Aylesbury, Banbury, Oxford, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Reading and Slough, as well as some work with young people in rural areas. The programme will target training and support to young people from the following groups: those with family issues, young offenders, young people in care, care leavers, substance mis-users, those with mental health issues and young carers. It is hoped that 1500-1750 young people will go through the project which will involve various stages of training and intensive support. The Energise programme looks to build knowledge and confidence through 1-2-1 guidance and group work, residential activities and mentoring.

The contract was awarded by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) through its Innovation Fund to a social investment partnership managed by Social Finance. The partnership funds Adviza to deliver the Energise programme to reduce the chances of disadvantaged 14-15 year olds becoming NEET. If the programme results in pre-agreed outcomes, the DWP will return capital to investors in the social investment partnership. However, if the interventions do not deliver the outcomes, the investment is at risk. The DWP Innovation Fund is part of a series of new government measures to tackle youth unemployment.

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