Work Experience Blog – Ifan Jones

Monday, July 8th 2019
I had a great first day on work experience with the Assembly Member for Ynys Môn – Rhun ap Iorwerth. I wrote letters and answered various emails. It was really interesting to find out more about the life of an Assembly Member and the team around him. I went to an afternoon surgery in Benllech and saw how those sessions worked, getting a taste of the issues that Assembly Members and their staff have to deal with on a day to day basis. It was a really good day, and I learned a lot about the role.

Tuesday, July 9th 2019
Working at Ty Hywel was a very unique experience. I spent the morning organising surgeries for September, and doing various other tasks such as answering emails. It was a wonderful experience sharing an office with other Assembly Members, and then hearing them debate in the afternoon during First Minister’s Questions with Mark Drakeford.

Wednesday, July 10th 2019
In my final day at Ty Hywel I listened to an interesting Cross-Party Group session about international Wales at the Pierhead. I also researched the topic of extending Parliament to more Assembly Members, and researched Tecwyn Roberts, the Welshman who worked for NASA on the first successful moon landing mission in 1969.

Thursday, July 11th 2019
Back at the office in Llangefni I was able to complete an application form for the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales, which was really interesting to find out more about the further steps an Assembly Member can take to help their constituents.

Friday, July 12th 2019
On my last day I visited the food technology centre in Llangefni, seeing the great conditions for new companies, and in the afternoon I helped draft a letter to Welsh Government’s Health Minister Vaughan Gething, which was another learning experience about how an Assembly Member can help their constituents. Looking back on the week, I had a really good time and learned a lot of new things. I want to thank everyone for a great week.