The Teesside operation of petrochemical company SABIC is backing more than 200 Teesside teenagers as they take part in social action projects and build life skills through the National Citizen Service (NCS).
SABIC, who employ more than 600 people on Teesside, are sponsoring this year’s community action projects by the NCS across Redcar and Cleveland.
A not-for-profit social enterprise, NCS works with organisations across the UK to provide a citizen programme aimed at 15 to 17-year-olds.
Subsidised by the government to make it accessible to all, this year the programme will work with over 200 Year 11 students from Redcar and Cleveland schools who have signed up for sessions taking place during the summer holidays.
During a four-week programme, the students will first undertake a residential outdoor activity week to team build and develop confidence, before seeing presentations from local representatives of the media, business community, charity and voluntary sectors along with politicians.
Having researched and planned, they will undertake a community action project.
Previous NCS graduates have undertaken social action projects by decorating and refurbishing community meeting places, undertaking environmental work and holding fun days to raise money for local establishments such as Leonard Cheshire Disability Centre at Marske Hall and Hope Animal Shelter in Loftus.
Having taken part in the business part of the programme during 2017, SABIC leaders were so impressed by the community action projects undertaken by the young people that they offered to all four of the projects in 2018.
Claire Wordsworth, senior communications business partner for SABIC, said: “We have signed up with NCS again to deliver four workshops to talk about what SABIC does on Teesside and what opportunities exist for young people in our organisation.
“The opportunities and experience created for the young people through the NCS project are simply priceless.
“I was impressed with all the young people I met and with their considerable efforts in undertaking the social action projects.
“I look forward to seeing what community projects the young people choose to undertake this year and hope our assistance with funding will make them even better.
“We are delighted to support our local community in this way, not just with money but with time and inspiration for the young people too.”
The NCS programme in Redcar and Cleveland is run by local company Imagine You Can.
Imagine You Can director Dave King said: “Having SABIC involved in our business workshops last summer was a great experience for our NCS students.
“It really opened their eyes to the opportunities available in the industry, especially SABIC being a global company but having their UK Headquarters in Redcar.”