Students at Nelson and Colne College are well on their way to becoming Young Leaders through one of the college’s pioneering extracurricular programmes.

The Young Leaders programme at NCC is an exciting new initiative where 18 students have become Ambassadors for the College, representing the student community, making a difference to aspects of College life and are inspiring others to better themselves.

Through the programme, students are identifying and refining their leadership skills, discovering what it takes to be an effective communicator and a top leader, and are enhancing their presentation skills.

All of the Young Leaders have also automatically secured a place on the Peer Mentoring Programme in College which sees students supporting their peers who are struggling with their studies.

One student on the Young Leaders programme is former Park High School student Edward Standring, 18, who is studying Geography, Geology and Physics at NCC.

He said: “I’m finding the Young Leaders programme really interesting as I’m developing people skills. I think my confidence and communication skills have improved and these will be important for the working world.

“Nelson and Colne College is a very good place to study and I’m really enjoying my subjects. I’m hoping to go and study Geography or Geophysics at the University of Edinburgh or Lancaster University.”

Wardah Razaque, 17, formerly of Pendle Vale College, is also on the programme. She is studying Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics at NCC and is hoping to progress on to a Russell Group university to study Medicine.

She said: “The Young Leaders programme is inspiring me to achieve what I want to be in the future and it has really shone a light on what skills you need to be a good leader.

“I’m really enjoying my time at college as my teachers are supportive and I feel like I’m developing a number of skills outside of an academic environment as well as in the classroom.”

Principal Amanda Melton said: “I’m really pleased that students have taken up the opportunity to develop their leadership skills which are incredibly important in all areas of life from social to business, and in professional settings or in the home.

“Our Young Leaders programme is one of the many aspects of the college’s wider Career College ethos. This is designed to get young people ready for their futures, putting them at the front of the queue for applications to some of the country’s best universities, giving them the edge for competitive Apprenticeships or to stand out from the crowd to employers.”

A Year 8, 9 and 10 Open Event will take place at Nelson and Colne College on Tuesday 30 April from 5.30pm until 7.30pm. This is a great chance to learn more about the college’s provision and extracurricular offer, to tour the campus and view its high-tech facilities, and meet expert tutors and members of the Careers Team. Visitors can also take part in a range of exciting ‘have a go’ activities.

Nelson and Colne College is the number one college in the country for 16-18 learner achievement and 16-18 timely Apprenticeship achievement. The college is also number one in Lancashire for A Levels and vocational courses, based on progress scores, and is the leading FE College in the country for GCSE Mathematics progress and second nationally for English progress.

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