Kriss Akabusi talks about his new project to get unemployed into work

 

In today’s Financial Times in an article entitled ‘Medal winner’s sprint from the stadium to the classroom’ Olympian Kriss Akabusi talks about embarking on the Ashridge MBA and his new youth project.

Added on 23 July 2012 by Erika Lucas

Kriss Akabusi talks about his new project to get unemployed into work

In today’s Financial Times in an article entitled ‘Medal winner’s sprint from the stadium to the classroom’ Olympian Kriss Akabusi talks about embarking on the Ashridge MBA and his new youth project.

As part of the Ashridge MBA programme all participants have to complete a live business project. Mr Akabusi is fired up by the plight of unemployed young people in the UK – there are 1.2m Neets (those not in education employment or training) in the country. “For me this is a very serious problem.”

His plan is to run a six-week programme for 16 young people in skills such as sales administration and customer relationship management at the end of which they would be guaranteed a job interview. They would learn how to function in the workplace he says – “you can’t go around with jeans around your ankles”.

“We have to re-engage with these people. Young people need to understand that people who are over 24 have their best interests at heart.”

Kriss Akabusi talks about his project to boost youth employment