Work Experience Diary – Ela Rawling

“It was a fascinating week. I’ve learned so much about what it would be like to work for the National Assembly for Wales, and I’ve really enjoyed myself.” – Ela Rawling Heywood, Sir Thomas Jones School, Amlwch

01/07/19 – On arrival at the office on Monday I got started on some casework, where I tried to help find a way of getting a young girl with a disability into college. I sat in a meeting about broadband fibre and the options for people who live in a village where there is only a weak connection. A complaint came in by a constituent about the lack of equipment at a public location that should have this equipment, and by the end of the week we had secured a positive result to solve this problem!

02/07/19 – I travelled to Cardiff on Monday night in order to gain work experience in the National Assembly for Wales for two days. I attended a meeting about Wales’ fiscal future, and then prepared points that could be useful to Rhun in the chamber. After lunch I attended two drop-in events, the first for Welsh learners and the second with Morlais, which is a company located here on Anglesey. I also sat in on a meeting about nuclear power. After arriving back to the office I created invitations for the Cross Party group meeting on Wales International, before ending a very interesting day.

03/07/19 – My last day at the Assembly was Wednesday and unfortunately Rhun couldn’t be there because he was at a funeral, so I continued with the invitations, and carried out research about Tecwyn Jones who was a man from Ynys Mon who had worked for NASA, ready for Rhun’s 90 second statement.

04/07/19 – On the Thursday at the Llangefni office I started by drafting an email for someone who wished to receive letters in Welsh, not in English from the hospital. I responded to invitations on behalf of Rhun ap Iorwerth and drafted letters of congratulations.

05/07/19 – On my last day, I continued to draft congratulatory letters before going attending an advice surgery at Beaumaris. Rhun carries out surgeries every week throughout the island in order to chat with constituents and try to help solve any issues or problems they might have.