Apprentice Day for Highland Youth Voice Members

Highland Youth Voice, the elected Youth Parliament for the Highlands, holds an annual ‘Apprentice Day’ on which members of Highland Youth Voice shadow Senior Managers and Elected Members across public sector services.

The aim of the Apprentice Day is to give young people a better understanding of the services provided for them and how services impact on and consult with young people. It also provides an opportunity for managers and elected members to gauge young people’s views of their service and for the service to become more aware of Highland Youth Voice. Representatives from High Life Highland, The Highland Council, NHS Highland, Police Scotland, the University of the Highlands and Islands, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Fire and Rescue Service Scotland and HM Prison Service are getting involved this year.

Officials met their Apprentices at the start of their day and be accompanied by the young people in a range of meetings and business activities in and around Inverness. The day will conclude with a more informal discussion reflecting on the day.

Convener of The Highland Council Jimmy Gray said: "Apprentice Day is a successful established annual event which I am delighted to take part in. Not only is it rewarding for the young apprentices that take part, it is uplifting for the adults who act as mentors. Young people are the future managers, workers and politicians that will shape our public services and it is up to us to inspire them to take up this challenge. I wish all the young people taking part a successful and productive day.”

Highland Youth Voice Chair, Cameron Cosgrove commented: “I am really looking forward to my day shadowing Councillor Linda Munro. I’m looking forward to learning about what a Councillor gets involved in. This will also be a great opportunity for me to offer a young person’s perspective on services.” 

In total, 23 young people and 17 adults are taking part in the day.

The day is organised by High Life Highland’s Youth Services team. For further information contact Audrey Anthoney, Senior Youth Development Officer (Participation), High Life Highland on 01463 663812 or email audrey.anthoney@highlifehighland.com

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25 Mar 2014
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