Rare opportunity for young people to steer youth policy
National Express is on a drive to find young people from across the UK to help steer the future direction of the company’s youth and young adult’s policy.
As part of the National Express Youth Promise – an industry-leading commitment to support young people - the coach company is appointing its first ever Youth Panel to ensure it engages fully with young travellers.
The coach company is working in close partnership with The British Youth Council who will set up and oversee the panel, which will meet three times a year to discuss the issues affecting young people’s travel.
Up to ten young people from across the country will be appointed onto the panel and National Express is keen to encourage applicants from all over the UK.
Panel members will be key to ensuring the coach operator stays on track in its dealings with young people and will be given the opportunity to represent their peers at a senior level at one of Britain’s best-recognised brands. It is hoped that the opportunity will be appealing to young people from a whole range of backgrounds and will offer those selected a unique CV boost to help them excel in a competitive marketplace as well as the chance to meet new people.
National Express is setting up the Youth Panel to form the keystone of its Youth Promise, which is an endeavour to support young people to excel in both work and play via a mixture of apprenticeships, charity support and other creative opportunities.
Millions of young people travel with National Express every year and its Youth Promise was originally set up in response to the Youth Select Committee’s report on Transport and Young People, which deals with issues encountered by young people around public transport. To date National Express remains the only transport company to have followed up on the report.
Successful panel members will simply need to attend three half-day meetings on the dates below. Return coach travel from the nearest available stop will be offered and refreshments on the day will be provided.
Panel meeting dates:
- Monday 30 March – Birmingham
- Thursday 23 July – London
- Monday 26 October – Birmingham
Chante Joseph, British Youth Council Vice Chair, Participation and Development said: "National Express is leading the way with youth participation - and working with us to ensure a youth voice is heard in their decision making process. As part of our ongoing campaign to make transport more accessible and affordable we'd like to see companies follow their example, but in the meantime urge young people to step forward and take up this opportunity."
Tom Stables, National Express UK Coach Managing Director said: “Millions of young people travel with National Express every year so it is vital we make sure we are fully in touch with the things that matter to them. We’re absolutely committed to working with – and listening to – young people which is why we set up the Youth Promise. Now, we want to appoint our first-ever Youth Panel to make sure we remain on track and I really hope to see representatives from all over the UK on this panel. This is a rare opportunity to influence policy at one of the UK’s best-recognised brands and we hope it is going to offer a springboard to an ambitious young talent.”
For more information, including an application form, please contact Sally Palmer, British Youth Council Youth Democracy Coordinator: email@example.com or call 07809 507 359. Applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 27 February.