Thursday 06 April 2017


The British Council has launched Future Leaders Connect, a programme seeking exceptional individuals from across the UK and the world – to discuss the most significant global issues facing the next generation, and young people from Wales are invited to take part.

This new opportunity will offer leadership learning and development for those aged 18-35, to provide them with the skills they need to turn innovative ideas into tangible policy recommendations, culminating in a conference in the Houses of Parliament.

Those taking part will meet and learn from heads of NGOs, policy-makers and MPs, as well as working with participants from Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia and the rest of the UK.

Shortlisted candidates from Wales will present their policy ideas to a panel of experts at the Senedd on 15 June. Two winners of this heat will go to London in October - for an intensive nine-day policy and leadership training programme and join a worldwide leadership network, which is set to grow annually.

Anyone who would like to take part should submit an application online before Sunday 14 May 2017 They will be asked what their unique policy ideas are and why they have what it takes to be a global leader.  They must be free to attend the heat event at the Senedd on the evening of 15 June 2017.

Director of British Council Wales, Jenny Scott, said: “An international outlook is vital for the future leaders of Wales, if they wish to overcome the challenges they will face.

“Through Future Leaders Connect the British Council will help a new generation to understand practical policy development by putting them in contact with the leaders of today. The programme will help them to develop the skills and international contacts they need to make positive change in their countries.”

Join the conversation online using #FutureLeadersConnect. For more information visit

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.

Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Eighteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.

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