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Speakers for Schools were delighted to secure funding from the newly formed Drax Foundation, which is the corporate foundation of the renewable energy company Drax Group.

The grant from Drax will fund a nine-month-long project in the Northampton and Ipswich regions that will help young people living close to two of Drax’s UK energy supply businesses – Opus Energy and Drax Energy Solutions – to develop green skills while learning more about career opportunities in the STEM sector.

Designed to be delivered in three main stages starting from October 2023, this Speakers for Schools project– titled Workspaces of the future – invites students aged 14-19 from 56 local secondary schools and colleges in the Ipswich and Northampton areas to participate in a phased Green Innovation challenge where they will ultimately pitch their ideas and designs for a high spec ‘green’ office space to a judging panel of local STEM employers. 

Speaking about the project,
CEO of Speakers for Schools Nick Brook said:

“This unique initiative offers the perfect way for young people from the Ipswich and Northampton areas to find out for themselves what green skills are and why they are so important when it comes to future employment. We are incredibly grateful to the Drax Foundation for funding what promises to be an eye-opening and life-changing experience for all who take part.”

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