The University of Manchester is running a training course to demystify the policy making process. Currently around 120 students (undergrad and post grad) are signed up. There will be a certain number of paid internships (funded at living wage) at participating policy organisations. The university is keen to include VCSE organisations. For background, please see: www.cfgm.uk.
The course includes ‘sandpits’ (discussions) which will allow students to hear from different perspectives to better develop policy ideas. The ask of organisations is for them to do a short (10 minute) overview of the challenge from their perspective. Ideally they would then stay from the rest of the session to help coach the students by asking stretching questions (as well as answering any).
Friday 08 November: How can we ensure economic growth in GM is more environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive and prosperous for residents?
Tuesday 19 November: How can Greater Manchester be a national leader in ending rough sleeping and reducing homelessness?
Wednesday 27 November: How does Greater Manchester become carbon neutral by 2038?
All Sandpits are from 13.00 to 18.00. Organisation overviews would be from 14.30, and the coaching element should finish about 17.30.
If your organisation is able to host short internships, the course leader would also be very happy to discuss how this might work. There is a small budget to pay the students at living wage and they are open to how the internships are implemented so long as there’s interesting and relevant work for them to do. The work need not be on the same topics as the sandpits.
Feel free to contact Jay Amin on 07957 432627 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to get involved.