Young Local Authority of the Year
Every year, teams of two members of staff representing councils across the UK come together to compete for the prestigious title Young Local Authority of the Year.
The holders of the title are Brent Council; previous winners include Wiltshire Council, Leeds City Council, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, Warwickshire County Council, the London Borough of Newham, East Sussex County Council, Hampshire County Council, Wokingham Borough Council and – way back in 2006! – Newcastle City Council.
Now we’re looking forward to the 2016 Young Local Authority of the Year competition, which will be held in Lancaster in February.
It’s a wonderful annual opportunity for councils to develop and encourage their promising talent. Delegates must be 18 or over, but the competition is ‘age-positive': there’s no upper age limit. All we ask is that delegates are in the early stages of their local government careers, irrespective of age.
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Young Scotland Programme
The Autumn 2015 course of the Young Scotland Programme will further the programme’s tradition of encouraging the professional development of people in the early stages of their working lives – by improving communication skills and building confidence. Three packed days of lively debate, challenging speeches and inspiring guest speakers…all roads lead to Troon in Ayrshire for the next instalment of the exciting Young Scotland Programme!
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Happy four nations event
Thirty-nine delegates, four nations, one happy occasion: the annual international event in the Young UK & Ireland Programme calendar took place in Lancaster. Three delegates carried off titles on the final evening. Peter Bevilacqua, Yorkshire Bank, (above) was named England and Wales Young Thinker (Autumn Course) 2015 for a paper on drugs in sport which was commended for its ‘terse, speakable language’ and the accomplished manner in which it was presented. Mary Lyne of the Citizens Information Board (above left) won the title Ireland Young Thinker of the Year 2015 for a terrific piece of ‘mature and insightful’ writing on the migrant crisis which was presented with confidence and authority. Scotland Young Thinker (Autumn Course) 2015 was Isla McCulloch from Social Investment Scotland (above middle). Hers was a buzzy paper on food waste and the more general inequality of resources. Full of energy and idealism and snappily written, it was presented with an infectious enthusiasm.
Michelle Fisher of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (below right), Benjamin O’Gorman of the Office of the Information Commissioner (below middle) and Tiffany Williamson of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council (below left) were all highly commended.
The winning discussion group was Group F (Sarah Brodie, Yorkshire Bank, Stuart Holmes, Forth Ports Limited, Zara Lafferty, Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Robert McGuinness, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources) – photo below – for their presentation on the subject of education. In a lively session with some great role play overall, they gave a ‘well-planned piece of theatre’ which was ‘strangely haunting’.
Thanks to all 39 delegates for a their hard work and for making the entire event so happy and successful!