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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Four nations special
Following the success of last year’s inaugural four nations event, delegates from Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland will gather together in September as three separate events are held concurrently under one roof. Watch this space for further details.
Lively at Lancaster
It was a week which began in winter and ended in summer. The unseasonal weather in which delegates arrived on the first day of June did not prevent a happy and lively atmosphere developing from the start. As can be seen above, by the end of the week, some of the delegates were at work outdoors!
At the awards ceremony on the final evening Cyrus Larijani of the National Physical Laboratory carried off both the “Public Sector Young Thinker of the Year 2015″ and “England and Wales Young Thinker of the Year 2015″ titles for an argument paper on junk food and what it is doing to young people. The paper was described as “a familiar topic, but transformed here by insight, wit and excellent phrase-making – the presentation had star quality”.
Grace Owen of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists won the “England and Wales Young Thinker of the Year (Societies and Institutions) 2015″ title for her paper on feminism, described as a “fluent piece of writing with touches of humour”. Grace also won the Best On the Spot award for her question “How do you control your inner critic?”.
In the public sector category, the runner-up was Rachel McElhone of the Home Office, Kristy Gaywood of the Pension Protection Fund was highly commended, and Siobhan Ritchie from Ofsted was commended.
The award for Best Discussion Group went to Group D: Rachel McElhone, Home Office; George Murphy, Bank of England; Trusha Patel, Department of Health; Emily Petch, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; Peter Sticklee, Pension Protection Fund.
Grace Owen, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Cyrus Larijani of the National Physical Laboratory; winning group D