This week, Luke and his team welcomed the first work experience student to the Plymouth office. Year 12 student Amir Norris from Saltash.net joined the team as part of his schools' work experience programme for sixth form students.
Amir, who lives in Lipson, is the first of what Luke hopes will be a steady flow of young people to get a taste of the world of work and insight into his work as your MP.
"Work experience is a really valuable opportunity for young people to have a taster of the workplace, learn new skills and grow in confidence. As a new MP I'm still getting my office set up and having Amir's help has made a real difference to my progress in having a fully operational office in Plymouth. Thank you Amir!"
Amir, 16, said:
This week I had the chance to do my work experience at Luke Pollard’s office in Plymouth. It was an interesting experience which gave me an insight into what it’s like being a politician, especially when setting up an office.
On my first day of work experience I was given a tour around the office by Nicky Williams who is one of the MP's staff. Once all the important information was out the way, I was given a computer to use for the week so I could help. My first job was to create a contact list for people that Luke needs to contact for his upcoming Brexit summit. That job took me most the week to complete. My second job was to listen to voice mails from people in the constituency who were trying to get a hold of the MP and write down the information from them so that the team could help them.
Towards the end of the week I started answering calls for the office and calling other people and companies so I can gather more contact information for my contacts list. On my final day, I got meet Luke Pollard and I got the chance to ask him questions about his new role as our MP. He got the chance to share some of his views and advice on university and places to eat in Plymouth, which I found useful.
Overall, I think this week has helped me decided what careers I want to pursue and has also taught me not to take it for granted due to how hard it was trying to get work experience because of various reasons such as the snap election. Work experience at the office has also given me skills I could use to my advantage at school and in a work environment.
Luke is keen to welcome students from Plymouth if they want to find out more about politics, what work an MP does or simply get a taster of work. Get in touch if you'd like to know more.