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A Trent College teen entrepreneur – believed to be one of Britain’s youngest MDs – will be inspiring young people to back themselves in business when he speaks at the nation’s largest skills and careers event at the NEC Birmingham this week.
Dan Miller, 17, will follow business heavyweights including former Dragon’s Den star, Theo Paphitis, when he takes to the Spotlight Stage at The Skills Show for two guest speaking sessions on Thursday 19 and Saturday 21 November, discussing his own Young Professionals UK business venture that he established at the age of 16.
Young Professionals UK was launched to help teens like Dan develop the skills, confidence and resources needed to become a successful entrepreneur, backed by a network of expert advisors who provide guidance, advice and expertise to support and invest in the future of young people’s business lives.
Dan, who lives in Smalley, believes it is confidence not age that counts when a young person has a ‘light bulb’ moment that could change the course of their lives.
He said: “You have to believe you have got a right to go and talk about the things you are passionate about. It is nothing to do with age; it is about being confident enough to get yourself in front of the right people and proving you are credible.
“Exam grades don’t define who you are and what you are capable of, and following an academic route isn’t for everyone. When I had the idea for Young Professionals UK I didn’t know how to do it, but I put myself out there and, in doing so, ended up building relationships with key business mentors who have been invaluable to me.
“Work experience is considered an important thing for young people to do, but when I speak to students I say I believe finding business mentors is arguably more valuable because they can be for ‘life’ and open up doors and opportunities as well as advise.”
Young Professionals UK (www.young-professionals.uk) initially launched in Nottingham and Derby with the plan to expand into Birmingham in the next six months and then down to London. As well as The Skills Show Dan has been invited to speak at a number of careers events across the East Midlands region over the past year in addition to his regular schools programme.
Dan insists Young Professionals UK doesn’t encourage young people not to go to university - he himself is still considering Higher Education after completing his studies at Trent College Sixth Form next summer – but simply to show that you can turn a good idea into a viable business proposition from the earliest age. He is also an Ambassador for the 3AAA nationwide Apprenticeships training provider.
The Skills Show is delivered by Find a Future, the educational organisation providing young people with the chance to unlock their potential and get inspired about the world of work. Find a Future is commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation through funding from the Dept. for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Over 75,000 people attend the free Skills Show annually and Dan will be taking to the stage in the ‘Business Hub’ between 12.30pm – 12.50pm this Thursday (19 November) and 10.50am – 11.10am (the first session of the day) on Saturday (21 November).