Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin urges young people to take up Citizenship Challenge

Dudley MP Ian Austin is urging Young People aged 15-17 to take part in ‘The Challenge’, a new project organised by National Citizen Service (NCS).

The project brings young people from diverse backgrounds together and helps them to develop important skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication for their future. It also emphasises the importance of community action and participants are encouraged to raise money for a charity and campaign on an issue which matters to them.

This year over 3600 people will take part in the West Midlands; around 180 of these places are for Dudley.

Austin has written to Secondary Schools and Colleges in Dudley urging them to get involved in the project.

Ian Austin MP said:

“I’ve always said education and skills needs to be our number one priority. With long-term youth unemployment twice the national average in Dudley at 2.3%, any project which helps young people develop the skills for their future employment is a positive one.

“I Hope that young people in Dudley take this opportunity to learn new things as well as give something back to the community.”

Visit www.ncsthechallenge.org

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