Political correspondents, agriculture, features MEP goes back to work with summer jobs

10 July 2006
SNP MEP Alyn Smith is to embark on a summer of work experience. Mr Smith, who spent two weeks on work experience in different industries across Scotland last summer, is taking on the challenge again in order to get back to the real world and see how the EU really affects people's jobs and businesses.

This year's experiences will include making Harris Tweed on the Western Isles, a bit of dramatics with the National Theatre, a stint as a Postman in Aberdeen, picking up recycling in Glasgow and after having such a good experience on a sheep farm last year this time Mr Smith is going to take on the challenge of a dairy farm in East Lothian.

Speaking from Edinburgh, before starting his work experience challenge Mr Smith said

"I'm really looking forward to getting out into the world of real work again. Last year was great fun but it also taught me a lot about some of Scotland's key industries and led to quite a lot of work when I got back to the Parliament.

"I think I surprised a few folk by genuinely turning up to go to work and being willing to get my hands as dirty as anyone else, I expect I'll be doing that again.

"Unfortunately I'm not a morning person so we'll have to see how I get on with the 5am start as a postman and the farmer's already warned me I'll be mucking out the cows.

"Working my way around Scotland last summer has been one of the most productive experiences I have had. Getting out of the office and the Parliament chamber and seeing what is affecting people and industry across Scotland was incredibly helpful in bringing what happens in the Parliament closer to home in Scotland."

Borders Farmer Jim Hume who took Alyn for a days work on his farm last year said

"Alyn has shown an amazing thirst for knowledge with his work experience tour ". Last year Alyn experienced working with sheep and planting hedges. I think that gave him a good understanding of the importance of agriculture"

Mr Smith will be on work experience from the 20th July

The current schedule is as follows

  • Wednesday 19th July - Junior reporter with the Inverness Courier
  • Friday 21st July - Luskentyre Harris Tweed (makers of Harris Tweed for Nike trainers), Western Isles
  • Monday 24th July - Bioscience researcher in Dundee with CXR Bioscience
  • Tuesday 25th July - Dairy Farming in East Lothian with Yester Dairies, Haddington
  • Wednesday 26th July - Assistant to the National Theatre of Scotland as they prepare for Edinburgh Festival
  • Thursday 27th July - Glasgow Kerbside Recycling Crew - collecting recycling cross Glasgow
  • Friday 28th July - Delivering the post in Aberdeen on the early shift with the Royal Mail