Future Leaders Connect

10th July 2017

The British Council seeks exceptional young people aged 18-35 to join a long-term global network of emerging policy leaders.

Members of Future Leaders Connect will develop leadership skills, learn from global policy experts, meet with MP’s in the UK Houses of Parliament and attend private meetings with inspirational leaders.

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, including a conference in the UK Houses of Parliament debating some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Future Leaders Connect, launched this year by the British Council, will offer nine days of leadership learning and development for young people, to provide them with the skills they need to turn innovative ideas into tangible policy recommendations.

Those taking part will meet some of today’s leading thinkers from public, private, third sector and political worlds.

Andrew Bridgen MP 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 North West Leicestershire who wants to make a difference, have their voice heard and become a great leader, to apply to Future Leaders Connect.”

Anyone who would like to take part needs to submit an online application by 23.59 Thursday 20 July 2017 (BST). They will be asked what their unique policy ideas are and about their experience as a leader. www.britishcouncil.org/future-leaders-connect.

Ten finalists from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales will be awarded a fully funded place as part of Future Leaders Connect. 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 programme of delivery in the UK will include training in public speaking, policy development expertise and leadership skills. This culminates with a one day conference in the Houses of Parliament, meeting MPs and law makers. There have already been 10,000 applications to join Future Leaders Connect from across the world and young people from the UK have just over one month to make their application.

Sir Ciarán Devane, the Chief Executive of the British Council, said: “An international outlook is vital for the future leaders of all countries, if they wish to overcome the challenges they will face.
“Through Future Leaders Connect the British Council will help a new generation to understand practical policy development by putting them in contact with the leaders of today. The programme will help them to develop the skills and international contacts they need to make positive change in their countries.”

The British Council’s Future Leaders Connect aims to identify exceptional young people in the UK and across the world who have the potential to be future leaders of their countries in the fields of politics and policy, and who will be amongst the shapers of global policy making in the years ahead. We will offer them the opportunities they need to develop their skills in leadership and policy making, while at the same time building a life-long connection to the UK.

British Council research (Trust Pays) has found that: “Those who have had involvement in cultural relations – arts, education and English language activities – with the UK have great trust in people from the UK.”

Further research by the British Council’s Higher Education Policy Unit found 55 current world leaders, covering one in four countries, were educated in the UK.

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