On October 11, 2011, T.R.H.s Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway visited the Work Institute in Buskerud, Norway. Per the official website for the royal house of Norway, Kongehuest:
Work Institute is a place of learning for young people in secondary school age. They have every year between 170 and 200 participants in the four departments project in Buskerud. The training is practical and is about helping young people to find direction in life. At the institute are working out the method called Appreciative Inquiry.
Appreciative Inquiry (AI)
AI is a dialogue-based method based on positive feedback. In all proposals and all the people’s strengths and positive elements, which can be lifted up and strengthened. The Institute wants to help young people to achieve their goals and dreams through positive reinforcement and assistance in the process.
Crown Princess had an introduction to the methodology of the day, and also took part even in groups where they had come closer to young people – what they dream about, how they work and different challenges.
Activities at the center
The department also offers a variety of activities, and the Crown Prince and Crown Princess were among other things, the hall where young people can engage in skateboarding and BMX.
Work Institute in Drammen has seven different workshops where training takes place. The visit ended in a mechanical workshop where youngsters can try out various tasks such as welding and metal work, turning, car repairs and car care. Two of the students presented their road map – a list of dreams and goals – which are central to the way the program in the department.
Crown Princess’ funds
Crown Princess’ funds looking to pick up young people who for various reasons at risk of falling off. Selected projects receive financial support and invited into a knowledge network whose purpose is to share experiences and expertise across the projects.
Labour Department is one of four projects that receive support from the Fund in Innvær four year period.
This is the first time Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited the center, while the Crown Prince was on his second visit today. source