Campaigner Ewan set to make a difference

Ewan Dillon

Campaigner Ewan set to make a difference

Business Skills Foundation Apprenticeship student Ewan Dillon could be on the path to a political career after he was voted onto the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Dunblane High School pupil Ewan (16), who attends FVC’s Stirling Campus on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon each week to study for his FA, took up his position on Saturday June 1 and will work on campaigns over the next two years.

He now hopes the experience will inspire him to one day dabble in politics more in the future.

He said: “Representatives from the Scottish Youth Parliament came to our school to talk to us about what they do. I decided to apply as I am really interested in what they do and in the political process in general. The elections were held in April and I was selected.

“It really is more of an interest group which focuses on campaigns which affect young people aged between 16-25. The ones I will be focussing on with my peers will be climates change, the rehabilitation of young offenders and the minimum wage.

“I am very excited about getting started and the parliament meets once a month to discuss these issues all over Scotland. There is one next year in Orkney. I really would recommend it to young people to get involved especially if they have an interest in issues that affect them and people their own age.”

Ernie Romer, FVC’s School Partnership Coordinator, said: “We are proud of Ewan’s achievement in becoming the second of our school partnership pupils to gain a seat in the Scottish Youth Parliament. He will work hard at balancing his time between study at school, college and his time in the SYP. His experience in the Foundation Apprenticeship where he has needed to identify priorities in his workload, will help him balance his life between study and his work in the SYP.”

 

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