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The Young Political Leader Weekend

Ages 15-18 Live Online OR In-Person

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Overview

The Young Political Leader Weekend gives students aged 15-18 an immersive experience of Political Leadership through a series of role-plays, seminars, simulations and Q&A sessions led by a group of experienced professionals from the world of politics over 2 days. You can choose to attend the programme either in-person in London or ‘Live Online’.

Attendance will give you an edge over other aspiring political leaders in the race for the best jobs and a ‘super-curricular’ experience to add to your UCAS application.

Highlights
 

An Immersive Experience of a Career in Politics:

  • Political experts will coach you through a series of live, interactive simulations, including:
  • Thinking like a UN Ambassador in a 'Model UN' General Assembly meeting
  • Debating with former MPs in a simulated House of Commons debate
  • Representing your constituency in a simulated Parliamentary Question Time, chaired by a former Government Minister
  • Acting as a UK diplomat advising the head of the Foreign Office on how to further the UK's interests abroad 

      Career Coaching for Future Political Leaders:

      • You will be coached on how to break into the world of politics, with step-by-step guidance on how to launch your career in:
      • The House of Commons
      • The Foreign Office
      • The UN and IMF
      • Policymaking and lobbying

        An Audience With Experienced Figures from the World of Politics:

        • Former MPs
        • Representatives of the United Nations, Foreign Office and DFID
        • Lobbyists and Policymakers
        • An invaluable opportunity to ask questions of people who are difficult to contact otherwise

            Boost Your UCAS Form and CV:

            • Attendance demonstrates key skills such as working under pressure, problem-solving and communication skills
            • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your applications

            Fees, Eligibility and Options

            This programme is for students aged 15-18. No prior knowledge or experience is required. The programme involves a mixture of interactive simulations, exercises and Q&A sessions. You can choose to attend the programme either in-person or ‘Live Online’; the content is the same for both. 

            Programme Fee:

            'Live Online’: £165/student for both days

            In-Person: £165/student for one day (you can choose either day 1 or 2) OR £295/student for both days

            There is no application process, and you can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”. We operate on a first-come first-served basis and programme places are limited.

            Day One: Domestic Politics

            Day Two: International Politics

            Day One: Domestic Politics

            11.00amThe World of Domestic Politics

            - The key players
            - The balance of power
            - The pressure and expectations

            11:15amThe Public Speaker

            - Public speaking coaching ahead of your maiden speech
            - Understanding your audience
            - The perfect delivery
            - Clarity of message
            - Using these techniques for the afternoon Parliamentary Debate

            11.45amYou Become the MP

            - Represent your constituency in Parliament
            - Live election: run and vote for the day's 'Speaker of the House' and Secretary of State positions
            - Coaching on how to excel during Parliamentary Question Time

            12:30pmParliamentary Question Time

            - A live simulation of Parliamentary Question Time
            - Ask the minister pressing questions on behalf of your constituency
            - Hold the Government to account
            - Balance the competing views of your party, your constituency and yourself

            1.15pmLunch Break

            2.15pmEnter The Cabinet

            - Step into the shoes of a Cabinet Minister in a hung parliament
            - Battle with the Cabinet to pass a new electoral reform bill through Parliament
            - Propose amendments to the bill that align with your party's values
            - Whip votes from across the Cabinet to gain support for your amendment
            - Vote on amendments to pass the bill

            3.30pmThe Parliamentary Debate

            - Debate the new Electoral Reform Bill with a sitting MP in a House of Commons simulation
            - Explore gripping issues in domestic politics
            - Participate in a live parliamentary vote

            4.30pmBreaking into Politics

            - Your route into politics
            - Gaining work experience now
            - A-level, university, and degree choices

            4.50pmPanel Q&A

            - Live Q&A with leading political figures
            - Key questions answered
            - Receive valuable advice

            5.30pmClose

            *exact order of the programme may change.

            Day Two: International Politics

            11.00amThe World of International Politics

            - The key players and institutions
            - The balance of power
            - Your country's role on the global stage

            11.30amThe Diplomat (Part 1)

            - The art of diplomacy: how to maintain strong international relations on issues of peace, prosperity, human rights, the environment and more...
            - Relationship Building: Coaching by a Foreign Office representative on one of the most important skills in modern professional life: persuasion, gaining trust, motivation
            - How the Foreign Office protects the United Kingdom’s interests abroad

            12.00pmThe Diplomat (Part 2)

            - You will be assigned the role of a UK ambassador to a country for the next 60 minutes
            - Advise the Head of the Foreign Office on how we should improve the UK's interests in your assigned country
            - Assess the merits of your strategy against relationships with other key global allies

            1.15pmLunch Break

            2.00pmThe UN Ambassador (Part 1)

            - Securing international peace, eliminating poverty and protecting human rights
            - The art of conflict resolution: negotiations, ceasefires and peacekeeping

            2.30pmThe UN Ambassador (Part 2): Enter The UN General Assembly

            - Model UN simulation
            - Breaking News! Alarming violations of human rights are taking place in Asia.
            - You will be assigned the role of UN Ambassador on the General Assembly for the next 60 minutes
            - A resolution will be put before the Assembly
            - Debate with other Ambassadors and propose amendments to the resolution
            - Live General Assembly vote – will the resolution be passed?

            3.30pmThe International Development Expert

            - Tackling poverty and the causes of poverty
            - The key players: the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the Department For International Development (DFID)
            - Breaking News! You are managing the Department for International Development’s aid spend to reduce the impact of natural disasters across the globe
            - A series of crises are unfolding internationally. Rush to allocate emergency aid funding in accordance with your wider objectives

            4.30pmBreaking into International Politics

            - Your route into international politics
            - Careers at the UN, the Civil Service, the IMF and more
            - A-level, university, and degree choices

            5.00pmPanel Q&A

            - Live Q&A with leading professionals from the world of international politics
            - Key questions answered
            - Receive valuable advice

            5.30pmClose

            *exact order of the programme may change.

            Venues, Dates & Locations

            London, UK

            In-Person

            27th - 28th November 2021

            University College London (UCL)

            London

            WC1E 6BT

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            Live Online

            In-Person

            27th - 28th November 2021

            11am - 5:30pm (UK time)

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            In-Person

            27th - 28th November 2021

            University College London (UCL)

            London

            WC1E 6BT

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            Online

            27th - 28th November 2021

            11am - 5:30pm (UK time)

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            AmbitionX

            As part of your booking, you will receive 12 months’ access to our state-of-the-art tech platform, AmbitionX. Here you will find all of your programme materials and complete post-programme assessments to gain coveted ‘experience points’ to demonstrate your levels of professional development. You will also be able to access any of InvestIN’s Live Online weekend and evening programmes through AmbitionX at no extra cost.

            COVID-19 Group

            We do not anticipate any Covid-related issues preventing us from delivering the in-person programme. Any government guidance on Covid-related safeguarding (such as the wearing of masks and social distancing) will of course be adhered to. We have managed to successfully deliver in-person programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic (including during the summers of 2020 and 2021), with excellent feedback. We are therefore highly experienced in giving students a fantastic experience even with social distancing rules in place.

            In the unlikely event that the in-person programme is cancelled because of Covid-19 then students will have two options: i) move to the next in-person date; ii) move to the ‘Live Online’ version of the programme you selected and be refunded the difference in price. (If you pay via credit because you postponed a previous booking then the credit note will be reissued to you in full). 

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