Future leaders given chance to pick up tips

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Students aspiring for political careers are taking the opportunity to follow local councillors.

More than thirty students at Ormiston Sudbury Academy signed up to be considered for the Local Councillor Shadowing Award.

The scheme, sponsored by the British Youth Council and launched at the school by Sudbury mayor Jack Owen and councillor Jan Osborne, will enable three students to follow one or more councillors for at least 10 hours.

Mr Owen said he was “absolutely delighted” with the interest shown.

“It made sense that we would look to get more young people involved in the council,” he said.

“We don’t just look for views of people eligible to vote, we look to provide for the youth of the town, and who best to tell us than themselves.”

Open to young people under the age of 25, the award was created to introduce young people to the workings of local government.

Through meeting the key decision makers within the community, it is hoped the students will gain the knowledge and skills to give them a future headstart in politics.

As a result of the interest, the scheme could now be enlarged to involve more district or town councillors.

One of the students, Year Nine’s Caitlin Rawlinson, is currently campaigning for a seat in the Youth Parliament.

Her campaign involves producing a manifesto explaining why she deserves to represent Suffolk and what her plans are for the youth community.