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Calling all young followers – the Youth Advisory Panel is recruiting!

You by now will hopefully know about the DECC Youth Advisory Panel – if not, have a look at the website and the blog to get up to speed with all the activities and work the Panel has done over the past year.

Since the Pilot phase, the Panel is going into full swing and we are recruiting for some new Members! This is your chance to be a part of something very exciting and speak up on behalf of your generation.

If you are already involved with a youth organisation or network, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to share the thoughts of your membership and act as a direct channel to government policy. If you are an individual who is keen to learn more about how government policy is decided and you think you have what it takes to work with other young people to share your opinions and ideas as a young person, then we want to hear form you too!

The Panel has been made up of approximately 16 members, with support from a handful of others, and about 2/3 of the original pilot members are staying on for another year. There are therefore about 5 or so places to be filled in this new recruitment phase.

Your commitments will include:

  • Attending monthly meetings in London at the DECC offices;
  • Approximately one additional ‘visit’ in smaller groups at a location in your region to a site of particular interest (see the Energy report for details of the sorts of visits you might go on);
  • Offering about 2 hours a week to be involved in online discussion forums or calls in between meetings;
  • Blogging on your organisation’s blog or any other online forums you are involved in;

In return we will:

  • Cover your travel expenses so you are not out of pocket;
  • Provide the facilities and logistical support for the Youth Panel meetings;
  • Offer you the chance to meet with DECC policy officers and Ministers, so you can share your thoughts with them;
  • A tremendous opportunity to work with other dedicated young people who are working with the government department to share the views of young people;
  • A valuable insight into the policy-making process and how you can be involved.

There is an application form for you to fill in online that offers you the chance to let your colours SHINE and show us why you should be on the Panel.

If you would like, or need a paper copy, please contact us by email and we can send you a copy.

Please do take all the time you need to read the questions and think about your responses – BUT PLEASE NOTE you have to complete the survey ALL IN ONE GO. So please answer every question before closing your browser.

The deadline for applications is Friday 25th March. Then decisions will be made over that weekend and announcements made on Monday 28th March.

If you have any trouble filling out the form or have any more questions, email

All the best with the application!

5 Responses to “Calling all young followers – the Youth Advisory Panel is recruiting!”

  1. benisha says:

    Hi Kirsty,

    I would like to know if it would be possible to apply for this year.


  2. Kieran says:

    Hi Kirsty

    Thanks for getting back to me, and rectifying the problem! I think I was in a bit of a panic myself, as after spotting the opportunity last Thursday it’s only now on Friday that I’ve had the time to submit an application.

    I look forward to hearing again from you/YAP panel soon. Cheers,


  3. Kirsty says:


    Thank you for contacting us about this. There was a technical error with the online survey, but this has now been sorted out. The application form is open again and will stay open now until 10am Saturday 26th March.

    Thank you for drawing this to our attention and many apologies for the inconvenience caused.

    Best, Kirsty

  4. Kieran says:


    The deadline on this page and on the YAP blog is today, the 25th March 2011.

    On the online application form, it quotes:

    “Thank you to everyone for applying to be on the DECC Youth Advisory Panel 2011.

    The applications are now closed. The application deadline was Monday 21st March and decisions will be made on Friday 25th March.

    If you have any questions please email:

    I have emailed and rang DECC, and left a message on what is hopefully a YAP answer-machine. If you could please resolve this issue, as I had really hoped to apply for a post on the YAP.



  5. Excellent effort to involve grassroot level people in the policy framing to reduce Carbon di oxide. Through this honour has been paid to Article 6 of Cancun by DECC.

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