Could you inspire young people in schools and colleges as a speaker? #theDYA

I was sent this today from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills the UK department that focus on growth through skills and innovation.

This is about encouraging Business people to go into school and colleges to help our young people relate to the real world. If you already do this I would love to hear your stories in the comments below, also read on and register at the site offering your help.

It is a great intuitive and I am confident that many UK Ecademy members would be brilliant at this plus would like to get behind helping our young people

I am sure they would love great speaker from the rest of the world, or perhaps there are opportunities to start an initiative like this where you live, if not UK based

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We know how important it is to engage young children early to enable them to make sensible and informed choices about potential careers. That is why BIS is supporting an initiative to recruit 100,000 volunteers who are willing to speak about their career in school as a means of inspiring young people about the opportunities in the workplace. Signing up couldn't be easier - http://www.inspiringthefuture.org/  . 

Speakers for Schools
 
Speakers for Schools was launched the week of 10-14 October 2011 with a series of talks in state secondary schools around England. It is the idea of BBC Business Editor, Robert Peston, who wants young people in disadvantaged state schools and colleges to have the same opportunities to hear from inspirational speakers as those who attend top independent schools. The idea is to level the playing field and for it to become the norm for leaders in their fields to give talks in state schools and colleges. Speakers for Schools is administered by Education and Employers Taskforce charity. http://www.speakers4schools.com.
 
Speakers for Schools aims to have 1000 speakers who can address the big topical issues of the day: technological, scientific, political, economic, historical, cultural, artistic, ecological and ethical.  Over 750 people have already agreed to participate including many leading CEOs, politicians, media and arts people, scientists, entrepreneurs and academics. Full list of speakers at:  http://www.speakers4schools.com/speakers

The aim is to broaden the horizons and raise the aspirations of young people.
 
Inspiring the Future is a new free service run by the charity, Education and Employers Taskforce which aims to get 100,000 people from all sectors and professions volunteering to go into state schools and colleges to talk about their jobs, careers, and the education routes they took. Everyone from CEOs to apprentices can volunteer for Inspiring the Future. Recent graduates, school leavers and people in the early stages of their career can be inspirational to teenagers - being close in age they are easy to relate to; while senior staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. Talking with young people in a school or college can make a real difference to their perceptions of what jobs are available, and it may inspire them to consider options that they had previously never thought about. Talking to working professionals can also help them get a realistic view on the different routes into jobs and careers, and the current labour market.
 
The intention is to get young people to produce short videos of people talking about their jobs and to upload these via their teacher to create a massive free on-line video library of thousands of people talking about thousands of jobs. The Taskforce will coordinate this project working with a range of partners. A regional and national schools competition is currently being planned.  

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Penny Power
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Maurice Watts, the Marketer

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Derek,................

Hail and hello to a fellow ITeC survivor! I trust that you are still well! How many other ex ITeC folk are there out there I wonder?: I know that Dawn Charles ran one but who else in Ecademy was involved? Regards - Maurice

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Derek Sorensen

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Could you inspire young people in schools and colleges as a spea

I think I could. Would I be permitted to talk about Global Warming?

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Robert Rush

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Could you inspire young people in schools and colleges as a spea

There are some great experiences accounted above. I get involved in the Education Business Partnership in Cornwall and speak to year 10 students about market research as part of their Enterprise Development weeks. Except we usually do this over a Skype video conference into the classroom. The schools that do this often say the experience of using the technology in this way is as valuable as the talk itself and the Q&A - which I was surprised about as we tend to think these young people are more comfortable in this space. Have also presented and met with foundation degree marketing students at an FE college to assist with particular modules. Our local secondary school (and my old school!) held a day last year inviting a selection of businesses and alumni to talk about their careers - that was fun! Always very rewarding and will do as much of this as I can. Fully support the BIS agenda to do this.

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Maurice Watts, the Marketer

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Could you inspire young people in schools and colleges as a spea

I used to (Indeed I ran an ITeC for about 4 years) and would be happy to do so again. Regards - Maurice

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Nigel T Packer

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Could you inspire young people in schools and colleges as a spea

Penny, We have been running this program in Wales for 10 years. It is called Dynamo and has some 160 role models who visit Comprehensives, colleges and universities around Wales delivering presentations that help young people think about their future career. Part of the presentation is to speak about running your own business and the role of entrepreneurs. I have been doing my bit as a role model for the full 10 years presenting to 14 and 15 year olds in about two schools a month and one university group. It is amazing the difference that a conversation from someone outside the pupils normal daily circles can motivate and make the pupils think about their future. I wish you luck and hope you find volunteers to take part. It has been a most rewarding experience over the years. I only wish that someone had come to speak to me when I was in the last stages of secondary education. Kind regards Nigel T Packer

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David McQueen

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Could you inspire young people in schools and colleges as a spea

I have been speaking to youth audiences now for 20 years and more so in an official capacity for the last seven years through my company. There are a number of initiatives that already allow for business people to come and speak at schools. For example we have business owners and professionals not only come in to speak to students in our programmes around raising attainment, but also on employability skills such as interviews and half day business challenges. We also encourage them to partner with us to provide work experience opportunities for students as well so they see both sides of the coin. I love Robert Peston's idea but being a youth speaker myself I am loathe to just go in and get kids on a high for an hour, preferring to do something more sustainable.

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Milton Rodrigues

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Could you inspire young people in schools and colleges as a spea

This is a great Initiative ! As is the creation of the TECH CITY, in Old Street - Shoreditch area. Already x300 startups there. And GOOGLE themselves have taken over a 7 Floor Building there for StartUps. regds, MILT.

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Albert Wright

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Could you inspire young people in schools and colleges as a spea

I have registered and wait to see what happens. Thank's for the Valentine evening!

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Julia McDaid

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Could you inspire young people in schools and colleges as a spea

Definitely know some people who would be interested :-)

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Robert Snow

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Could you inspire young people in schools and colleges as a spea

I speak quite regular to groups of young children, teens and students in regards to self worth. As an entertainer for a number of years I struggled with having a 'stage mask' and the real Robert. I struggled with being enough off stage but I was very happy on stage. But you know what..... We all have out own stage. Our own mask. Is our confidence held behind our physical looks, out image, our make up and hair ladies, our masculinity men? What about financial success? Would be just as confident if we lost it all? If you wouldn't and your success is held in that 'thing', that 'mask', then when we do hit trouble, we find it hard to get it back. As a Michael Jackson Tribute artist I could never live up to the super star stage persona. Now I perform on stage to the youth to grab their attention and open their minds, then I deliver the message of self worth whilst physically removing my mask as I tell them my story, and often their own story. Everyone relates to it in some shape or form. It's powerful and purposeful. I remove the whole stage image as I take them on a journey and revert back to Robert Snow and I can be totally confident in that. www.3YourVoice.com wwwMJJTribute.com Robert Snow

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