Become a Youth Convener
Every summer there is a search for a new Convener to champion the cause of young people in the Highlands. Nearer the time the post will be advertised in the local pess and then interested applicants for the position of Highland Youth Convener can register their interest in the 12-month position, which carries a bursary of £10,000.
The Youth Convener is the sounding board for youth issues in the Highlands and has a direct line into policy makers and decision takers. The post holder attends Full Council meetings and is a member of The Highland Council's Education Culture and Sport Committee and Joint Committee for Children and Young People, with full voting powers. Based at the Inverness headquarters of The Highland Council, the Youth Convener will also work with partner agencies.
The Convener for 2008/09 Catriona Burns said: "This really has been an amazing experience, which has given me the chance to make meaningful change for Highland's young people. It's been an honour to represent them, and it has really broadened my hoizons as to what I may do in the future."
The Youth Convener works with the Council's Highland-wide Youth Development Team in developing Highland Youth Voice and other initiatives that increase youth involvement in decisions that affect them. A key requirement is an awareness of issues affecting a wide range of young people and an ability to represent their views. Good communication skills are required as is work experience in youth projects, and the ability to work with and relate to a wide range of people and organisations.
Youth Convener application packs will be available here during the recruitment period.