An insight into Parliament

14 April, 2021 1:06 pm

Public Services students delved into the world of politics, MPs and government as part of a virtual workshop.

The interactive session was organised by college partners, the Bradford Skills Careers Technical Education, Public Services and Law Board, along with Northern Railway and Senior Education and Engagement Officer, Rachael Dodgson.

Understanding politics

Keen to develop their knowledge on the variety of employment opportunities within the public service sector, students learnt about non-uniformed roles and how the UK Parliament is structured. 

The workshop informed students about the importance of getting their voice heard, the difference between parliament and government and the role of MPs and peers.

Rebecca Cuthbert, Course Leader of Sport and Public Services at Keighley College, helped organise the session.

“It was extremely beneficial for our students to hear first hand experiences of careers within the sector. The workshop allowed them to put theoretical knowledge into a real workplace context.

“We’ve worked with Bradford Skills on many occasions; they deliver a fantastic learning experience for our students and we’ll continue to work closely with them. The feedback from all learners and staff has been amazing, hopefully next year we can visit Parliament!”

A new perspective 

Local MP for Keighley and Ilkley, Robbie Moore, answered students’ questions focusing on his career pathway, plans for improving the local area and an insight into working for Parliament.

Tom-James Smith, Public Services Level 3 student at Keighley College, enjoyed getting to know Robbie and understanding his reasons for becoming an MP.

“Robbie helped develop our understanding of the day-to-day responsibilities of working in parliament. Hearing from him has encouraged me to get involved in the voting process and have more of a say in the local area. 

“It was valuable to understand how our local MP is developing employment opportunities for young people. We now know who we can contact if we have any ideas for improving the community.”

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