Despite being involved in the DWP young members committee for two years, this was my first time attending the national young members seminar. I find that we can often get too bogged down with what is happening in our own department and the seminar was a fantastic introduction to meeting PCS young members from across the civil service to find out what they do and to also find out how PCS operates across the country in different departments.
The organisation of the event was second to none. The activities provided are a great way to introduce new and young members to PCS. Some of the sessions included recruitment techniques, understanding the structures of PCS and campaigning strategies.
The external speakers were fantastic and I particularly enjoyed the session delivered by a rep from GMB regarding their campaign at the Atos distribution site in Barnsley.
I would recommend the event to any young member for next year and for them to use it as a springboard to get further involved in the young members network and the wider PCS community.