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Are you a future leader? Ilford South MP Mike Gapes encourages residents to apply for exclusive development programme.

PUBLISHED: 11:44 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:44 10 July 2017

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes is inviting residents to become future leaders. Picture Mark Hakansson.

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes is inviting residents to become future leaders. Picture Mark Hakansson.

Mark Hakansson

Instead of mouthing off down your local about Brexit, Trump and North Korea missile testing, why not share your ideas with an audience that can actually evoke world change?

The search is on for a new generation of leaders to join impressive individuals from ten other countries for an intensive policy and leadership development programme.

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes is encouraging young people aged 18-35 to apply for Future Leaders Connect and the chosen lucky few will develop leadership skills, learn from global policy experts, meet with MP’s in the UK Houses of Parliament for debates and attend private meetings with inspirational leaders.

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes, said: “We have a long, proud tradition of democratic policy-making in this country and this is a great opportunity for the next generation of leaders to take it forward.

“The connections these young people will make not only with UK decision makers but also with their counterparts from across the world, will be invaluable to them in their careers.”

“I would urge anybody from Ilford who wants to make a difference, have their voice heard and become a great leader, to apply to Future Leaders Connect.”

Ten finalists from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales will be awarded a fully funded place.

They will join finalists from Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia and the USA to form a powerful network of emerging leaders.

The nine day programme in the UK will include training before ending with a one day conference in the Houses of Parliament.

Sir Ciarán Devane, British Council Chief Executive, said: “An international outlook is vital for the future leaders of all countries, if they wish to overcome the challenges they will face.

“The programme will help them to develop the skills and international contacts they need to make positive change in their countries.”

Anyone who would like to take part needs to submit an online application by Thursday July 20 at 23.59pm.

They will need to answer a questions about their “unique policy ideas” and experience as a leader.

Visit britishcouncil.org/future-leaders-connect for more information.

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