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SGS students tackle youth challenges at Edelman debate

Two SGS students, Ahmed Bahsar and William Townsley, joined a panel of other 16-18 year olds from across the UK, Tuesday February 28, to discuss their concerns, challenges and things they are looking forward to in the future.

The students shared their thoughts and feelings on Brexit, political leaders, media consumption and the way in which brands communicate with youth culture.

The panel discussion, which was organized by Edelman UK, was chaired by Gemma Cairney, Radio 1 DJ and broadcaster, with views and opinions also expressed by Ed Balls, Former Shadow Chancellor, as well as five other students representing England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Ahmed, a BTEC business learner and William, who studies A-Levels, had the opportunity to dine and network with students from across the country as well as managers and senior executives from major corporations and institutions. They discussed their views with Alan Yentob, former Chairman of the BBC and explored ways in which major corporations can help to support young people to gain meaningful work experience.

Speaking of his experience William said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to get my voice across to people that really matter. I felt genuinely pleased to represent my peers and to go head to head with politicians and business leaders. I’m a confident young man who wants to become an officer in the Navy; the whole experience has been hugely positive.” 

SGS College’s Head of Sector for Academic STEM and High Tech, Mark Jones, who travelled to London with Ahmed and William for the panel said: “Ahmed and William were a credit to the College. Both students articulated their views with poise and fluency, discussed their opinions candidly with political and business leaders and represented young people up and down the land with assured confidence.”