Apprentice Day for Highland Youth Parliament Members

Issued by High Life Highland 

The 10th Highland Youth Parliament  Apprentice Day is being held tomorrow (Tuesday, 24 March) with 20 young people from across the Highlands taking part.  

Highland Youth Parliament, the elected Youth Parliament for the Highlands, holds an annual ‘Apprentice Day’ on which members of HYP shadow Senior Managers and Elected Members across public sector services. The aim of the Apprentice Day is for services to gauge young people’s views of their service and for services to become more aware of Highland Youth Parliament. It also provides an opportunity to give young people a better understanding of the services provided for them and how services impact on and consult with young people. Representatives from High Life Highland, The Highland Council, NHS Highland, Police Scotland, Fire and Rescue Service Scotland and HM Prison Service are getting involved this year.  

Officials meet their Apprentices at the start of their day and will 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: “We actively encourage young people to get involved in their local communities and put across their views on a wide range of topics. Their input can shape the way public services are delivered and as a large portion of our annual budget is spent on education, it is important we engage with and hear from young people . The Apprentice Day is a great opportunity to find out a bit more, first hand, how the Council works and how the confidence and new skills they are learning can be transferred into a work situation. I am certainly looking forward to meeting my apprentice and I wish all the young people taking part a successful and productive day.” 

Highland Youth Parliament’s Outgoing Chair, Elena Leslie commented: “Apprentice Day is a fantastic way for young people to get an insight on how important decisions are made and how these affect young people. It will also be an opportunity for young people to give their perspective on services. I am looking forward to the day and hope the other young people involved will enjoy themselves and learn a lot too.”  

In total, 20 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

23 Mar 2015
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