Seevic student secures Youth Essex Assembly vote

Monday, 12 December 2016

IMG_6944Student Andy Wilkins, 17, has been elected to represent Castle Point and Seevic College in the Youth Essex Assembly (YEA).

With a passion for youth politics since the age of 14, Andy’s knowledge of the local community saw him win the election with 179 votes from young people in the borough.

Leigh-on-Sea resident Andy said: “It was a big shock to win, but I’m so excited to be part of the YEA and get started in making a difference in Castle Point.”

Andy’s first taste of politics came from his time at Belfairs Academy where he won their student voice election, becoming the Deputy Ambassador of the Community Stream until 2015. 

Since then he has been involved in representing, as well as raising money for, the local community through his time with the Southend Youth Council (SYC) and Southend West Conservative Association where he supported Sir David Amess MP with his election campaign in May 2015.

Andy added: “Working with Sir David Amess MP taught me a lot about the world of politics.  The opportunity helped me to build my work experience in the area, and was a great chance to network with so many influential people.”

Currently studying Level 2 BTEC Performing Arts at Seevic, based in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, Wilkins highlighted that the skills he has learnt since starting the course have helped him to get ahead in youth politics.

Andy said: “Even though Performing Arts is completely different to Politics, it has taught me a lot about how to handle myself in public.

“The course and my tutors at Seevic have given me so much confidence, and my public speaking has improved a lot.”

Andy believes his new role as Castle Point and Seevic College YEA representative can lead him to set a benchmark for political success in the future. 

He also hopes that a place at both SYC and YEA will enable the two groups to work together more to make a stronger impact on young people in the local community.  Andy aims on getting young people’s voice heard with an idea to introduce open surgeries to do just that.

Andy said: “I have Fridays off at college at the moment, and so I’d love to use this time going into Castle Point schools with open surgeries to understand the views of young people in the area.

“My peers and I will be going into the world of work soon, and so it is really important to understand these views as it is our future at stake.”

To discover more about studying A-Level Government and Politics, visit the college’s next Open Evening on Tuesday 31 January, 5.30-8pm. Pre-book online now or just come along on the night.


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