Students from Trafford College who have participated in the National Citizen Scheme (NCS) had the chance to chat with Sir Graham Brady MP about how they have benefited from the initiative.
The Conservative MP for Altrincham and Sale West met with students last week, along with representatives of the College, Salford Foundation and the NCS, for an informal discussion about their experiences.
The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a national, government-initiated programme that promotes the development of skills such as self-confidence, team-work, leadership, independence, resilience, determination and responsibility.
During the session, students spoke about their personal experiences, the skills they gained for participating in the project, how it has helped them make new friends and inspired them on their learning journeys.
Courtney Lea Browne, who is studying Level 2 Health and Social Care at Trafford College and has taken part in the NCS, said: “Meeting the MP was an incredible opportunity and having a chance to share how amazing my NCS experience was with him and the rest of the group was a real highlight for me.”
Foundation Learning students Gary Cazalens and Hamad Aftab undertook the NCS programme in December. Lecturer Michael Owen said: “In the meeting it was clear how the students have grown in self-confidence and spoke up willingly. I was especially proud of the way they confidently and eloquently answered questions.”
Kim Smith, Localities Area Manager for the NCS Trust, said: “With just under 100,000 young people engaging in NCS last year alone, we are bringing more young people together, whose paths may not necessarily cross. Our aim is to build confidence and provide young people with opportunities to develop their skills and support them in real work experiences through their youth led social action, which as we’ve heard from our graduates really deepens their relationships with the local communities they live in.”