Mansfield: Prime Minister signs for West Notts teenagers

More than 150 young people will be collecting certificates of achievement signed by Prime Minister David Cameron after a summer of adventure with NCS (National Citizen Service).

West Nottinghamshire College took groups of 16 and 17-year-olds through a four-week programme which included a residential in the Peak District with physical and mental challenges.

The teens also stayed in the University of Nottingham’s halls of residence to gain employability and communication skills.

The programme ended with the groups planning a volunteering project for their local communities, including a bike-a-thon, a fundraising car wash and a talent night.

NCS is a government-led initiative designed to support young people in the transition to adulthood.

It is delivered by West Nottinghamshire College and the Big Adventure college partnership across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Those who completed the project will attend a graduation evening at Center Parcs on Wednesday.

West Nottinghamshire College’s project leader for NCS, Nigel Oldham, said: “This programme was a huge success and those involved should be proud.”