Former prime minister David Cameron reveals his new job as chairman of National Citizen Service
Former Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed his new job after quitting political life will be to lead an expansion of the National Citizen Service (NCS) for teenagers. In an article he wrote for the Daily Telegraph, Cameron said setting up the NCS was one of his proudest achievements, with more than 275,000 having taken part.
He said it was “building bridges across social divides”, creating lifelong friendships between teenagers and “building the soft skills, the resilience, the self-confidence and the creativity that can help them get on in life.”
The NCS aims to prepare teenagers for work through team-building activities and community projects.
Cameron will be chairman of NCS Patrons, aiming to make the course “a normal part of growing up”, the BBC reported.
Having resigned as Prime Minister in the aftermath of June’s EU referendum, Cameron also quit his Parliamentary seat last month.
He wrote that his new role would involve “bringing together a senior cross-party and cross-sector group of patrons and ambassadors who can help NCS to reach more youngsters”.
“By bringing together expertise from every part of society we can embed NCS in our national fabric,” he said, adding that he hoped to “make it a reality for generations to come”.
The former Prime Minister said he was “delighted” his successor, Theresa May, was pressing ahead with a National Citizen Service Bill, which would put the NCS on a permanent legal footing and create new duties on schools and councils to promote it.
“NCS is supported by government funding, which means that young people pay no more than £50 to take part, with bursaries available for those who are not able to afford this. So I am delighted that Theresa May is continuing the vital work to support NCS and that today the Government is introducing the National Citizen Service Bill,” he wrote in the column. “ With cross-party support, this will create a Royal Charter to secure the NCS Trust as a permanent national institution that can ultimately offer a place to every 16- and 17-year-old. That should be our goal – not necessarily a compulsory programme, but one that is universally available and becomes a normal part of growing up for every teenager.