This year I will be holding my Young Leadership Programme virtually for the first time, drawing participants from across my constituency of Manchester Gorton. This leadership programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people in Manchester to gain experience in politics both locally and nationally, as well as media and public affairs.

    The programme aims to help young people develop key skills for their future involvement across many sectors including politics, media, education, and the charitable sector. Throughout the week of events, participants will be given an insight into how an MP’s office is run as well as meeting senior and high profile figures from across the Labour Party and Parliament.

    Participants will also be able to develop their activism, engagement, and leadership across key sectors and given the opportunity to appreciate the importance of equality and diversity in leadership. All participants will receive a certificate for successfully completing the Programme at a virtual graduation ceremony at the end of the week.

    The programme will run for a week from Monday 28 June to Friday 2 July (subject to change).

    Who am I looking for? 

    All candidates must be aged between 18-24 and available throughout the duration of the Programme. You do not have to a member of the Labour Party to participate, but a keen interest in politics is desirable. Details of the 2019 Young Leadership Programme can be found here.

    Applications from across Greater Manchester are welcome however priority will be given to those living in the Manchester Gorton constituency. Applications are particularly welcome from women, disabled, Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates.

    Participants are not required to have any formal qualifications however, a range of skills and experiences demonstrating broad interest in community issues and political interest is desirable.

    Participants will be able to work well as part of a team, be able to prioritise, work under pressure and meet deadlines. You will also need to demonstrate your willingness to learn. Good communication skills, both verbal and written, as well as confident IT skills and good organisational skills, are also desirable.

    Most importantly, participants will need to be enthusiastic, hard-working, be responsible for themselves, be able to support others, and have the ability to work well with a diverse group of people and recognise the best qualities in others. You will be community-minded with a commitment to social justice and public service.

    How to apply

    To apply for the Young Leadership Programme, please send a CV (no more than 2 pages) and cover letter (no more than 1 page), explaining why you want to take part, to afzal.khan.mp@parliament.uk  using the subject line: YLP 2021

    Deadline: Sunday 13th June 2021

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