Young Manchester volunteer joins the Royal Household

image2A full­-time volunteer from Hyde, Greater Manchester, has been awarded a coveted work placement at Buckingham Palace during the Easter holidays.

Najiya Ahmed, 23, is volunteering full­time in Flowery Field Primary School in Hyde, having graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Economics in 2015.

The internship was offered thanks to the support of The Queen’s Trust. Najiya was selected from 17 other applicants, and is spending three weeks in April in London, followed by the May half term.

She is based in the Private Secretary’s Office at Buckingham Palace during this time, although during the four weeks Najiya will spend time in different offices and with different teams around the Palace, enabling her to gain a wide variety of experience and develop her skills.

Najiya said: “I’m really excited to be undertaking work experience at Buckingham Palace this April and May. I applied for this opportunity because the Private Secretary’s office is the primary source for the Queen on government and political matters in the UK, and it’s an honour to be able to be a part of this. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it will allow me to develop my transferable skills and explore my abilities in a workplace environment.”

Sophie Livingstone, Chief Executive of City Year UK, said: “I’m delighted that for the fourth year running, one of our young volunteers has been given an incredible opportunity to develop their employability skills in such a prestigious setting. It is a real honour for City Year UK’s participants to apply for work experience at Buckingham Palace, which is offered to them in recognition of the commitment they make as a full time volunteer supporting children in disadvantaged communities.

“I would like to thank both Buckingham Palace and the Queen’s Trust for their incredible support for City Year UK and the young people who volunteer with us.” 

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