British Council seeks exceptional young world leaders - Brake

The British Council are seeking exceptional leaders aged 18-35 to join a group of 50 people from around the world in Future Leaders Connect, a nine-day workshop, to learn from global policy experts and inspirational leaders.


Tom Brake MP is urging young people in Carshalton & Wallington, who are interested in leadership and making a difference, to apply for the scheme.

Successful applicants will be invited to take part in public events, pitching the policy ideas they feel could change the world for the better and discussing today’s biggest global challenges.

Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton & Wallington, said: 

"This is an invaluable opportunity for a motivated young person to meet similar high-achievers from around the world who are all united by their desire to make things better in their societies and beyond.

"It’s open to anybody who has an idea they think could make the world a better place -- and it will give them the practical skills and networks to help pursue it."

Sir Ciarán Devane, the Chief Executive of the British Council, said: 

"We are looking for high achieving, motivated candidates to join our growing network of future leaders.

"Through Future Leaders Connect we hope to gather the next generation of world leaders and help them understand the practical nature of policy-making, unravel the mysteries of leadership and develop friendships and contacts with counterparts around the world."

Thirty candidates will be shortlisted from across the UK and two finalists from each region will be awarded a place as a Future Leaders Connect member. 

They will join finalists from eleven other countries for a nine-day programme in October which will include training in public speaking, policy development expertise and leadership skills. This will culminate with several senior meetings in the Houses of Parliament, meeting MPs and law makers.
The costs of travel, accommodation and meals are covered by the British Council and the programme is fully accessible. Finalists for Future Leaders Connect will need to attend a nine day residential training and development stay in Cambridge and London from 22-31 October 2018.
Those who do not gain one of the 50 exclusive places on the programme will be invited to be part of the Future Leaders Connect Community where they will be able to access a range of free online professional development policy and leadership resources.
Applications must be submitted online before Sunday 13 May 2018 23.59 (UK time).
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.
Future Leaders Connect is a long-term project to create a community of emerging leaders from around the world who have spent time in the UK developing their capacity to be effective policy leaders, and have a connection with the UK’s culture and institutions.

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