Welcome to the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC)'s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP)'s blog. The DECC YAP is a group of young people aged between 15 and 25 from all over the UK, with a wide-range of backgrounds, from academia to activism.

Our aim is to inform everyone and anyone about DECC's activities and likewise to help DECC understand and take into account the concerns of young people. We are a medium of consultancy and conversation. Much of our work looks at finding a 'Pathway to 2050', reviewing how energy with be supplied and used in the next four decades, so follow us and join us on the journey!

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

The Youth Advisory Panel is recruiting!

You by now will hopefully know about the DECC Youth Advisory Panel – if not, have a look at the website and the lovely blog to get up to speed with all the activities and work the Panel has done over the past year.
Since the Pilot phase, the Panel is going into full swing and we are recruiting for some new Members! This is your chance to be a part of something very exciting and speak up on behalf of your generation.
If you are already involved with a youth organisation or network, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to share the thoughts of your membership and act as a direct channel to government policy. If you are an individual who is keen to learn more about how government policy is decided and you think you have what it takes to work with other young people to share your opinions and ideas as a young person, then we want to hear form you too!
The Panel has been made up of approximately 16 members, with support from a handful of others, and about 2/3 of the original pilot members are staying on for another year. There are therefore about 5 or so places to be filled in this new recruitment phase.
Your commitments will include:
  • Attending monthly meetings in London at the DECC offices;
  • Approximately one additional ‘visit’ in smaller groups at a location in your region to a site of particular interest (see the Energy report for details of the sorts of visits you might go on);
  • Offering about 2 hours a week to be involved in online discussion forums or calls in between meetings;
  • Blogging on your organisation’s blog or any other online forums you are involved in;
In return we will:
  • Cover your travel expenses so you are not out of pocket;
  • Provide the facilities and logistical support for the Youth Panel meetings;
  • Offer you the chance to meet with DECC policy officers and Ministers, so you can share your thoughts with them;
  • A tremendous opportunity to work with other dedicated young people who are working with the government department to share the views of young people;
  • A valuable insight into the policy-making process and how you can be involved.
There is an application form for you to fill in online that offers you the chance to let your colours SHINE and show us why you should be on the Panel.
If you would like, or need a paper copy, please contact us by email and we can send you a copy.
Please do take all the time you need to read the questions and think about your responses – BUT PLEASE NOTE you have to complete the survey ALL IN ONE GO. So please answer every question before closing your browser.
The deadline for applications is Friday 25th March. Then decisions will be made over that weekend and announcements made onMonday 28th March.
If you have any trouble filling out the form or have any more questions, email applications@think2050.org
All the best with the application!

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