Vale of Clwyd MP wants National Citizen Service roll-out in Wales
Dr James Davies has been urging the Welsh Government to offer the National Citizen Service (NCS) in Wales following news that 300,000 young people have taken part in NCS in England and Northern Ireland, with excellent outcomes.
He has written to Carl Sargeant AM, the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, for an update on his letter last year to the Vale of Clwyd MP, which agreed that discussion with UK officials should continue to look at how NCS could be expanded into Wales.
Commenting James said,
“I have followed the progress of NCS with interest and I recently met with youngsters who have benefited from the initiative. It would be great for the Welsh Assembly Government to work with the UK Government to extend it to Wales. Mr Sargeant’s letter last year highlighted that the Welsh Government was receiving £60 Million of consequential monies to include running an NCS in Wales and that a previous pilot project was ‘certainly positive in some respects’. In the letter Carl Sargeant promised to work with UK Government Ministers to see what might be developed based on the NCS and existing Welsh schemes”.
In his most recent letter Dr Davies urges the Welsh Government to participate, saying that the scheme offers benefits for the personal development of young people and life experience that employers value, enhancing the confidence, communication and teamwork skills of young people.