Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Caroline Ansell has hosted the first of a series of local work experience teenagers this summer.

Cameron Clarke, 15, who goes to St Catherine’s College, spent time in the constituency and at Westminster learning about what Caroline does and helping her team.

He sat in on a House of Commons debate, drafted questions, handled enquiries from the public and questioned the Environment Agency too.

Back in his hometown, Cameron helped Caroline with one of her regular business surgeries.

“Cameron has been a star. He got involved with local campaigns and casework and was a real help to myself and my team,” said Caroline.

“It is important that I give young people the chance to take part in work experience and he is one of several who will spend time with me in Eastbourne and in London over the coming weeks.

“I know from my time spent back in the classroom to cover Covid sickness, and from my many visits to our schools, that young people are knowledgeable about the world, care deeply about their communities, their country and especially the environment. Cameron was no exception.

“I am looking forward to meeting more work experience young people soon.”

Cameron said: “Thank you to Caroline and her team for allowing me to have this great experience. It has tremendously aided me in my thoughts about the future I might have.

“Thank you also for taking me to the House of Commons – that was an extraordinary experience – and taking the time out of your day to help me succeed in my tasks.”

St Catherine’s College principal Sol Berhane added: “Work experience is a memorable and formative part of a student’s schooling.  It provides a context for what is studied in school, whilst also reinforcing the skills and attributes necessary to succeed in life. 

“Schools cannot provide work experience without the cooperation and investment of employers, so we are immensely grateful to all those businesses and workplaces that hosted students.  They have come back to school buzzing with enthusiasm and eager to share what they learned; some even have job offers for the future.”

Caroline has also asked the Sussex Chamber of Commerce to act as a ‘gateway’ to open up more work experience placements in Eastbourne and it has agreed to look at it with her.