Over 100 students from The College Merthyr Tydfil have had an opportunity to sample Welsh politics first hand through a visit to the Senedd – home to the Welsh Government. The visit, which was spread over two days, enabled Business, ICT, Sport, Outdoor Sport and Public Services students to have a tour of the Senedd and experience what it’s like to take part in an actual debate in the debating chamber.
Students studying on Business and ICT courses, visited on 30th September, and were able to take part in a debate on the opt out option for organ donors.
Josh Davies, studying on the level 3 Extended Diploma in ICT commented “Visiting the Welsh Assembly was a very rewarding experience. It was great to see where decisions about how we live our lives in Wales are made and it’s definitely made me more interested in politics”.
Sport and Public Services students visited on 2nd October and were able to engage in a lively and stimulating debate on ‘lowering the voting age to 16’. The results were overwhelmingly in favour of the voting age being sixteen.
Sports tutor Rhydian Powell commented “The visit provided a great opportunity for students to participate in debates on real life issues”. The experience and outcomes of the day will positively contribute to the political elements of their Welsh Baccalaureate qualification”.
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