Many young people are interested in the work of an MP's office and learning more about Parliament, and I always encourage South Northants residents to apply for a week's work experience placement with me and my team.
In the year-to-date, I have had ten students with me in my Westminster and Towcester offices, with more arranged between now and the end of December. It is a fantastic opportunity, and I know that those on work experience always have an enjoyable time working alongside Tommy and Emily - whether shadowing on casework, finding out more about my South Northants campaign priorities, coming to my weekly Business Questions in the Commons, going on a Tour of Parliament, or getting stuck in with any of the myriad tasks undertaken in a busy MP's office.
This is what Annabel, an A-level student at Chenderit School and one of our recent work experience placements, had to say:
"I have spent four days working with Andrea’s team, between her London and Towcester offices, undertaking a range of activities that have given me a real insight into the workings of a MP's office.
"Doing this work experience has not just been highly beneficial to my political knowledge and understanding, but has also been highly enjoyable.
"Responding to constituents' letters shows how deeply she cares about constituents' issues, and looking at the Government’s policies in order to answer questions is certainly interesting, as you get a better understanding of the Government’s policy on a certain area. One of the best things about working with an MP (particularly when in Parliament) is the feeling that you are at the political centre of the country and that there could always be something exciting happening around the corner. This week has certainly been something I will remember and has definitely inspired me to work within a political environment in the future. I would finally like to thank Andrea Leadsom and her team not just for giving me this opportunity, but for being highly welcoming and creating a friendly and warm atmosphere to work within."
If you are interested in applying to come to London or Towcester for work experience, then please do get in touch with me. You can find out more information about the process here.