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Cabinet Minister requests a roundtable with young people from Keighley
Date of the visit: 9 January 2015
Time 9:15am – 10:30am
Visit by: Rt. Hon. Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office & Paymaster General
Venue Keighley Young People’s Centre, Parkwood Street, Keighley BD21 4QH
Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office & Paymaster General will be visiting Keighley on Friday 9 January 2015 to meet with the young people who have been on the GDPA programme, team and Trustees of the organisation.
‘GDPA ( Global Diversity Positive Action) is a dynamic positive organisation that empowers young people, our strategy is to target them before they make the world of crime a career path’, said Satvir Meen, Project Manager, GDPA.
‘Our programme strives to look at the underlying issues that young people have to contend with. It looks at changing the individual mind-set through positive thought and then looks at practical tools to make the individual more employable through enhanced CV, interview techniques and employability, talks from inspirational business people, iconic businesses such as Microsoft who have been supporting the programme’
The Minister will be meeting with the Year 11 students from UAK (University Keighley Academy) who are currently on the programme.
This year UAK achieved only 27 per cent of pupils achieving five passes at A* to C including English and maths – which put the school among the 200 worst performing in the country. The University of Bradford became the lead sponsor when the school was transformed into an academy in September 2010. The school is now run by a leadership team which includes behavioural specialist Phill Allen.
‘We really value the support from both the media and interested parties. Having such an important visitor from the Cabinet Office shows their recognition and interest in the youth of Keighley. These Future Leaders have realised the importance of the GDPA programme, as the sessions have provided them with an inspirational insight into the successful corporate world. Iconic speakers have shared their 'Can do' attitudes of achievement, ambitions and given powerful advice and guidance towards positive destination pathways. A real link has been created between educational engagement now and achieving future aspirations’
Phill Allen Lead Behaviour Director
University Academy Keighley
The Minister has requested a roundtable with students to learn how the programme has made a difference to them and what can be done to regenerate the Keighley area
The Agenda is as follows:
9:00am GDPA Team arrives
9:30am Minister arrives
Short Video Presentation
Presentations by GDPA young people who have been on the programme
Minister meets GDPA Team & Trustees
10:15am Minister departs
The RT Hon Francis Maude MP Minister for the Cabinet Office & Paymaster General
Francis Maude was appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General in May 2010. He is the Conservative MP for Horsham, West Sussex
The Minister for the Cabinet Office has overall responsibility for the policy and work of the department. Responsibilities include:
• public sector efficiency and reform
• civil service issues
• industrial relations strategy in the public sector
• government transparency
• civil contingencies
• civil society
• cyber security
• UK statistics
Satvir Meen GDPA Manager
Dominic Mills GDPA Outreach worker
Phill Allen Behavioural Consultant & Adviser to GDPA
Amarjit Singh GDPA Trustee: MD Powerdirect, successful on-line independent electrical retailer
Daniel Langton GDPA Trustee: Senior Manager, Microsoft
Manni Hussain GDPA Trustee: MD 88M, successful, property portfolio and various other businesses
Saied Laher GDPA Trustee: Educational Consultant former role as deputy principal officer for Kirklees Calderdale Careers service
Kyran Parker Former role as business director Leeds City College where he worked with GDPA to pilot the programme in March 2013 with disengaged young people NEET from Deighton/Kirklees
Ajaz Ahmed GDPA Mentor: Founder of Freeserve, currently various directorships of businesses in Yorkshires
GDPA Guests Through Phill Allen GDPA have been working with KAPB and the BAC team so will be extending an invitation to these members
Keighley Area Partnership Board (KAPB) Behaviour Collaboration & Attendance Team (BAC)
Key objectives of this group:
Youth of Today - Crime
Where it is going and who does what
Negative role models
Linking in with Schools
Safer Communities: Police
Positive role models
Contact Details For Further information
Satvir Meen Satvir@globaldiversitypositiveaction.com
Our philosophy at GDPA is to intervene at an early level and help the individual to make lasting life changes.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THE GLOBAL DIVERSITY POSITIVE ACTION PROGRAMME?
The GDPA Programme strives to look at the underlying issues that young people have to contend with. It looks at changing the individual mind- set through positive thought and then looks at practical tools to make the individual more employable through enhanced CV, interview techniques and employability, talks from inspirational business people, iconic businesses. The GDPA programme also uses the principles of Raja Yoga which incorporates positive thinking, motivational strategies and changing behavioural patterns One the key factors of the GDPA programme is that it is self-contained programme that can links into national curriculum with the key outcomes that the schools need to deliver.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF GDPA
· To listen to our service user’s and provide positive solutions · Provide relevant information · Empower individuals with the tools to make life changing decisions · Provide mentors that will provide positive role models · We aim to be an organisation that adds value to all our partners · We can engage with organisations at every level
We are living through challenging times, in an era where unemployment rates are rising. Crime rates are rising as the number of young people offending and re-offending has increased.
Youth unemployment - those aged between 16 and 24 - was 974,000, or 20.8%. That is up from 957,000, or 20.5%, in the three months to November 2012. (Source Office for National Statistics)
Almost three-quarters of young offenders re-offended within a year of leaving custody Adrian Jenkins (February 2013) (Burton Mail)
Young people from underprivileged backgrounds find it harder to find employment due to lack of education and positive role models. Often the young person finds themselves with no prospects and no one to guide them towards the right path.
Due to the changing socio economic times young people are left with no real prospects and are drawn towards a life of crime. The individual is in an environment in which many people have already turned to crime
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