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Youth workers to studying Jersey politics

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Image caption Youth workers are learning about Jersey's system of government

A group of youth workers will sit in the States chamber to learn about Jersey's system of government.

They said they hoped to pass on what they learn to teenagers who will be able to vote in the next election.

A recent government report said the youth workers should be trained to promote discussion about politics.

With elections in October they will be hearing from politicians and civil servants about politics, elections and how the island works.

People can vote from the age of 16 in Jersey.

In the past the service has encouraged young people to think about their government.

Youth workers will also explain to 16 to 18-year-olds how to register to vote.

'Excellent opportunity'

The idea for the session, in the States chamber, came about after the Education scrutiny panel suggested that youth workers should have ongoing political training.

Mark Capern, Jersey's Principal Youth Officer, said: "This is an excellent opportunity to complement the work we already do.

"We are constantly talking to young people about the issues that are important or relevant to them, and having detailed background knowledge puts us in an even better position to do that."

The October elections will not be the first the youth service has been involved in.

During the 2008 election the service designed a posted aimed at encouraging young people to think about why they should vote and what their responsibilities are.

Mr Capern said: "We gave out quite a few forms last time and explained to 16 to 18-year-olds how to register to vote if they want to be actively involved in decision-making in the island."

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