29 August 2018
Last week, HM Treasury and the Department for International Trade offered 20 young people the opportunity to experience what it’s like to work at the heart of Whitehall. The partnership with London Youth is now in its fifth year and has engaged over 100 young people in that time.
This year’s participants took part in careers sessions and met staff from HM Treasury and the Department for International Trade. They also had the opportunity to visit 10 Downing Street, where they participated in a group task while seated around the Cabinet table.
Previous participants have been successfully gone on to join the civil service, and a participant from 2017 was recently elected the Young Mayor of Newham.
Matt Dronfield, Senior Employability Manager at London Youth said:
“It has been brilliant to see another group of young people getting a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to work in Whitehall. Since 2014, over 100 young people have participated, and this year we received more applications than ever.
Opportunities like this help to break down barriers and show young people the range of paths they could take in the future. I have been inspired throughout the week by this group of young leaders and what they will accomplish.”
Tom Scholar, Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury said:
“We were inspired to welcome so many engaged students into the Treasury this week. Not only did they grasp complex policy decisions, they were adept at negotiating and full of challenging questions and enthusiasm throughout.
“Working with London Youth has only strengthened my belief that we must have a diverse Treasury and civil service to truly reflect the society we serve. I hope these bright and capable young people will consider a career in government – regardless of their background.”
Antonia Romeo, Department for International Trade Permanent Secretary said:
“Getting young people from all backgrounds excited about a career in government is crucial to building a brilliant Civil Service.
“I’m delighted we could welcome such an enthusiastic and talented group, as we look to inspire a range of diverse leaders of the future.”
Commenting on the week, three of the young participants said:
“I have really been inspired by the work of the outreach team and having people share their career journeys.”
“What inspired me the most was the fact that people I spoke to are from similar backgrounds to me, showing me it’s possible with hard work and determination.”
“You can work towards any role, no matter where you start.”