A voice for young public affairs practitioners

A voice for young public affairs practitioners

Here at PR Academy, we love to find out how our students past and present are getting involved in helping to shape the profession.  So when we heard that Sam Blyth who is presently studying for the  CIPR Advanced Certificate in Public Relations with us was a member of the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) Young Consultants’ Committee, we were keen to find out more…

Sam told us:

“Those of us who work in public affairs, much like our PR cousins, are committed to high-standards of professionalism. This is evident in the code of conduct developed by the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) to ensure that our members are transparent and open in their dealings and that those interested in the work of the sector can gain a better understanding of what we do.

Until recently, however, those starting out in the sector lacked a body of peers who could voice their opinions on the key issues affecting public affairs. That was until the APPC established a Young Consultants’ Committee to act as representatives for consultants under the age of 30.

I was recently lucky enough to be elected to the Committee. Meeting on a regular basis, we look to engage with young consultants, who work for members of the APPC, through a series of one-to-one meetings, events and research projects including our most recent membership survey which will be published in the next few weeks. The survey’s findings will help the Committee and the wider APPC understand the true feelings of consultants from our member organisations and address these issues accordingly.

This is a vital process as those now entering the world of public affairs are key to the sectors future success. My fellow Committee members and I are therefore keen to engage with other young professionals in the sector, to hear their views and promote their interests within the wider APPC. As such, if you would like to hear more about the work of the Committee or the APPC in general then please do get in touch and get involved. We will be hosting a number of events over the coming months and would love to see as many young consultants as possible at them.”

If you are keen to learn more, visit the APPC website.