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Students graduate from National programme
A group of Aspire and Football Academy students at Lancaster & Morecambe College, who completed their National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, received their certificates signed by the Prime Minister at a graduation ceremony held at the College. During the event, the College was also awarded the prestigious ‘NCS Gold Champion’ Award, in recognition of the excellent collaborative work between LMC and NCS.
Wes Johnson, Lancaster & Morecambe College Principal & Chief Executive, said “Lancaster & Morecambe College is proud to work in partnership with NCS to support the all-round development of our students and young people from across our community. As a college we have seen the huge impact that NCS has in challenging young people to become positive contributors in their communities and great ambassadors for the young citizens of our country. Lancaster & Morecambe College was delighted to receive the NCS Gold Award this year in recognition of our commitment to the NCS programme.”
NCS is a national programme, delivered by Inspira, and focuses upon developing skills which young people (aged 16-17) will need as they move on into further education, training and employment. The teams take part in a number of challenging activities, designed to push them out of their comfort zone, develop new skills and build confidence.
For the ‘Action’ phase of the programme, the teams had to plan their own community project. The students chose to raise awareness of the Morecambe Bay Food bank, and they held collections within the college. This was a project organised and managed independently by the students which gave them a great opportunity to develop and showcase the personal and social skills they have developed throughout the project.
Liam Williams, ‘Aspire To’ tutor at Lancaster & Morecambe College said “NCS gave our students a platform to participate in new opportunities and activities in a setting unlike anything they had experienced. The students were a credit to both themselves and the college. The groups really engaged in all the activities on offer and it was a great opportunity for them to bond as a group, using the time to develop as a team and individuals”.
Victoria Carter, NCS Area Coordinator with Inspira, who works in partnership with LMC said “NCS is an experience which helps enhance the students’ personal and social development. They have each gained so much from the programme, particularly when it comes to developing independence and employability skills. We believe that young people can make a positive difference in our community and we are proud of the hard work and determination all the students have shown.”
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