Recently, Nairne Clark, a fourth year pupil at Belmont House School, has joined the family at Paisley’s Parliamentary Office for his work experience. As the fourth years at his school were scheduled to undertake work experience at the end of June, Nairne thought it would be a good experience as he has a keen interest in politics and current affairs that has grown due to the recent political awakening in Scotland and the General Election. 16 year old Nairne thought it would also be interesting to learn about the tasks and duties of an MSP, both in the constituency and the Scottish Parliament.
Speaking of his time at the office on Johnston Street Nairne said, “The past week has been a brilliant experience! I’ve gained some valuable skills through preparing a briefing and looking in to issues raised by local constituents. The team of George, Matthew, Dave, Tom and Cathy made the week even better as they were very nice and welcoming. I also had the pleasure of being invited to go to the Parliament on the Wednesday; it was a great honour and a very interesting experience.”
“At the parliament I received an insight into the duties of MSP’s and met George’s lovely wife Stacey. As well as this, I was able to sit in the gallery of the chamber and watch the Community Empowerment bill make its way through parliament. In addition to this I received a tour of the wonderful, modern building and saw a few familiar faces! Over all it has been a very interesting and informative experience.”
Speaking of the experience George said, “It was great to have Nairne in the office this week. He was a pleasure to work with and provided great assistance to me and my staff. On his first day in the office, I was clear to see that Nairne already had a great understanding of politics and was knowledgeable about current affairs. He was constantly asking questions to find out more information; he really wanted to take full advantage of working within a busy constituency office. I would like to thank Nairne for his hard work and wish him well for the future.