Under the strap line of ‘giving students a start’, the award-winning 国防部教育推广计划 has for 16 years been working with Colleges, Academies and Schools across the UK, where diversity is often > 60%, over 100 nationalities and languages are present, and many students are ‘at risk’ with curriculum, personal development and employability skills support. Over 2,500 students every year benefit from support, either in the classroom through mentoring, specialist talks, and mock interviews, or linked in with a ‘taster’ visit to Whitehall. This is in order to give students a flavour of the workplace, many of whom have never visited an employer before and have no one in their family in work.
Although every team gave their best efforts, Sir John Lawes managed to pull through and win in a close victory. Andy Gillman, the overseer from the MoD, praised our team’s coordination and ability. (He also “liked my style” as Prime Minister.)
From our experience (and triumph) in this event, we found out the life of a politician is more difficult than we thought. We learned to improve our skill at working in a team and managing a difficult situation as well as improvisation under pressure from other students’ questions.