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Young Scotland Programme update

The nomination period is now open for the 2022 Young Scotland Programme which will be held from 13 to 16 September.

The Young Scotland programme is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022 so is now well established in developing talent.  The core aims of the event are enhancing communication skills, broadening intellectual horizons and inspiring confidence.

It is open to people aged 18 or over and those who are at an early stage of their careers – there is no upper age limit (people who have come late to a career, for example, are encouraged).

The programme is an intensive three-day course which includes a combination of debate, in-depth group discussions, and thought-provoking speakers.

In addition, each delegate will research, write and present a short (900-word) paper on a topic of their own choice. Coaches provide advice to each participant on writing the paper as well as rehearsing the presentation. Based mainly on this paper, the title Scotland Young Thinker of the Year 2022 will be awarded on the final evening.

The venue for this programme is the Macdonald Inchyra hotel, Polmont, Falkirk.  The cost of the programme is £1300 plus VAT per delegate, which includes accommodation (single occupancy) and all meals. Registration is in the afternoon of Tuesday 13 September and participants will check out after breakfast on Friday 16 September.

The cost of the programme for any nominations made would be met from Directorate budgets, so if you are interested in attending, please discuss this first with your line manager.

The Young Programme website provides further information on the programme, including a Young Programme brochure with information.​​​​​​​

The closing date for nominations is Friday 29 July. 

Places are limited places, so if you are interested please get in touch with Irene Somerville in the Learning & Development Team at isomerville@north-ayrshire.gov.uk in the first instance.

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