Hayfield School pupil, Alex Weir, had the opportunity to find out how the office of a Member of Parliament works, when he underwent a week of work experience in the Don Valley MP’s constituency office.
Alex said: “I really enjoyed my week with Caroline Flint. The highlight was going to local schools, watching Caroline and seeing how she works. She was very interesting – a really nice person.
“I never thought working in an office would be so interesting. It was not at all how I imagined it. I was amazed at the range of issues Caroline has to deal with as an MP, from US missile defence to climate change.”
Said Caroline: “It was pleasure to give Alex a taste of office life. He saw the hundreds of emails I receive each week; the piles of post and the dozens of phone calls. I think he was most surprised that we have thousands of files for the people I have tried to help in the past few years – we have so many that I have one room full of filing cabinets.
“Most importantly, Alex got to see the world of work. I know he is really interested in aeronautical engineering and we are lucky that a firm like BAE Systems, which has a training academy at the airport, has a huge demand for graduates and apprentices. I hope Alex works hard and achieves his ambition.”
Caroline Flint was supporting the Business and Education in South Yorkshire, which works to give work experience to school pupils in Doncaster.