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Nominate a student for London Week 2017 competition

We are inviting all headteachers in Wales to nominate one pupil in either Year 10 or 11 to compete for a place on a unique work experience week in London in July 2017.

London Week 2017 is a collaboration between the Welsh Government and London-based firm Judicium Education and offers a once in a lifetime week of work experience opportunities for eight secondary school pupils.

It runs from Sunday 9th July to Friday 14th July and the successful eight candidates will have all costs covered by Welsh Government and Judicium Education during the week including board and lodgings in central London, all travel costs and any other reasonable out of pocket expenses. No student is excluded on financial grounds.

The scheme is intended to give hard-working, determined and aspirational students a rare insight into working-life in the City.

At the start of the week, the successful group of students will be split into two teams and asked to devise their own ‘Dragons’ Den’ style pitch. The teams will be asked to pitch for a project of their choice in the context of developing a world-leading Welsh business, charity or venture by the year 2042. The students will re-convene in Wales to give their final presentations to a panel of guest ‘Dragons’. This will be in front of an audience of family, friends, teachers and the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM.

To help them prepare and develop their business plans, strategy and presentation skills, the students will be given full support, executive coaching and mentoring by Judicium.

During the week, students will be taken on a variety of exclusive visits. In previous years, this has included a private tour of the House of Lords and a visit to MI6 where the students met the Head of Service "C" (referred to as "M" in the ‘Bond’ films), and a number of field-operatives who discussed the declassified aspects of their work.

Judicium's lesson to the students is simple: projects need to be competed on time and on specification; regardless of day-to-day distractions and interruptions. No particular subject specialism is necessary. More important is passion, determination and a hard work ethic.

How to apply

There are eight places available. Each school can nominate one student from either Year 10 or 11 to be considered for this experience.

Applications will be in two parts:

  • the headteacher’s nomination and supporting comments
  • the nominated student’s application.

When nominating, we ask that you select a student who will relish and make the most of this opportunity. In addition, we are looking for students who are deserving of such an experience; for example a pupil who has had to overcome serious challenges in their life, or an individual who shows high-achieving potential, but has not had the opportunity to flourish thus far, perhaps due to a lack of confidence.

Your chosen student will be asked to submit a short application, which will be considered by a panel of guest judges to determine who the final eight will be. The application process is simple and asks just one question:

“Why do you want to spend a week with Judicium in London?”

The application can be made in any format. Last year we received written and video applications.

Students should submit their application to you. Please then submit it, together with your nomination comments to the following mailbox: youthengagementandprogression@wales.gsi.gov.uk

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 17th May.

If your student is successful in their application, we may require a staff member be released to accompany them to London for the entire week. Please do not let this be the deciding factor in whether or not to nominate a student from your school, as we will not need one member of staff from every school that is successful.

Key dates to be aware of:

  • Wednesday 17th May - Deadline for applications
  • Tuesday 13th June - Announcement of the successful applicants
  • Sunday 9th July - Students travel to London
  • Monday 10th July - London Week begins
  • Friday 14th July - ’Dragons’ Den’ event in Cardiff

For further insight into London Week please view the following videos:

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“This past week has been a truly phenomenal, once in a lifetime experience… and now I think about my future very differently. I would recommend this experience to absolutely everyone; it has given me an insight into what hard work and determination can achieve. I will never consider my background something that will hold me back ever again!”

Georgia Chard, Heolddu Comprehensive – London Week 2016

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