Singing star aims to give kids a Voice

Winner of The Voice 2014 Jermain Jackman visited St Mary's Catholic College in Blackpool to promote the National Citizen Service youth programme.'Jermain sings his latest single for Year 11 pupils.  PIC BY ROB LOCK

Winner of The Voice 2014 Jermain Jackman visited St Mary's Catholic College in Blackpool to promote the National Citizen Service youth programme.'Jermain sings his latest single for Year 11 pupils. PIC BY ROB LOCK

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A TV talent show winner has shared his experience of the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme with Blackpool school pupils.

Jermain Jackman, who won The Voice last year, is an ambassador for NCS and visited Blackpool Aspire College, St George’s School and St Mary’s Catholic College to speak about the ‘life-changing’ opportunities the scheme opened up for him.

The singer also gave a preview performance of his new single release, How Will I Know, and debut album both out later this month.

NCS gives 15 to 17-year-olds a chance to run a community project to address a local issue, helping them to develop work and life skills.

Jermain said: “The last few years have been an incredible journey for me and I wanted to be able to share some of these experiences with Blackpool students who are looking ahead to their own futures.

“Taking part in NCS in 2012 was a defining moment, helping me to develop the confidence to realise my ambitions.

“It was an experience I’d encourage everyone to say ‘yes’ to.”

More than 126,000 teenagers have taken part in NCS since it launched in 2011.

St Mary’s headteacher Simon Eccles said: “The visit from Jermain was a great opportunity for our students to see that the key to success is working hard both inside and outside of school.

“Jermain’s journey saw him achieve great academic results while also building interests outside of education, which has enabled him to become the well-rounded individual he is today, and perfectly illustrates why we place such an emphasis on extra-curricular learning at St Mary’s.”

Visit www.ncsthechallenge.org to find out more.