St Benedict’s Students Experience Parliament and Google during Once in a Lifetime London Trip

West Cumbrian MP Jamie Reed has facilitated a once in a lifetime experience for West Cumbrian sixth form students to visit Parliament, and to st-benedicts-parliamentparticipate in Google’s ‘Future Founders’ course.

The students visited London on Monday 7th November, where they were treated to a tour of Parliament, during which they had the opportunity to walk inside the Chambers of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and to learn about the rich history of the building.

The group then participated in a Question and Answer session with the Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy, Louise Haigh MP, where pupils asked the Shadow Minister questions on a range of topics from what it’s like to be a Northern MP, to the bitcoin cryptocurrency. 

After lunch, the group went on to participate in in Google’s ‘Future Founders’ course. The course, held at the prestigious Google campus in Shoreditch, seeks to inspire young people to think like entrepreneurs, and to create employment opportunities for themselves and others.

The Copeland MP has worked with Google over a number of months to look at opportunities for innovation in the public sector, and to facilitate opportunities for young people in West Cumbria to become the innovators of the future. 

Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:

“I am delighted to have worked with St Benedict’s and Google to facilitate this once in a lifetime opportunity for local students to visit both Parliament, and the Google Campus in Shoreditch.

“Attendees have had the opportunity to take a tour of Parliament and to meet my colleague, the Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy, Louise Haigh MP to discuss the importance of technology and innovation.

“From there, the attendees visited the Google campus to participate in Google’s ‘Future Founders’ course, which aims to inspire young people to become determined entrepreneurial thinkers and doers.

“As one of, if not the most forward thinking and innovative tech businesses in the world, Google have provided our local young people with an insight into how to transform their ambitions into reality.

“Local young people are the future of our communities – they are the forward thinking innovators who will build and transform our local economy into the envy of the United Kingdom.

“St Benedict’s are the first school in the area to have this opportunity, and it is my hope that it will be the beginning of a new chapter in supporting and encouraging digital ambition for our young people here in West Cumbria.”

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