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Camilla on work experience in my office

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30 April 2012
Camilla on work experience in my office While I never take interns in my office (I believe if there is a job to be done, that person should be paid), I do try to take as many work experience students from my constituency as I can.

This year I have had a number of young people on placements to see how my office works and shadow my work. I believe it is important for young people to know how our Parliament works, and see first hand what their MP does.

Below is a post from Camilla, who has just spent a week of work experience in my offices. It was a delight to have her around and I wish her luck for the future!


My name is Camilla Yahaya, I’m 15 and live in Catford. I’m in year 10 at Prendergast Ladywell Fields College in Brockley.

This week I was on work experience shadowing Heidi Alexander, in both Westminster and the constituency office in Lee Green. I had met Heidi a few times before, as part of my work with Young Citizens.

It was a busy and interesting week where I got to do lots of varied things, including sitting in the gallery for the Department of Work and Pensions questions and attending event were Heidi was chairing. My favourite moment of the week was a constituency visit to Lewisham Parents and Carers’ Forum where I learnt about the experiences of those caring for children with disabilities.

The week was also an opportunity for me to develop my skills through helping the office with admin and researching Government proposals.

Working with Heidi and her office this week was a great insight into the work of an MP and has strengthened my dream of one day becoming a Member of Parliament myself.

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