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King of the Road: Prince Charles begins 2015

The Prince of Wales begins 2015 with a trip to Sunderland where make a stop at Nissan UK and check in on how Step Up To Serve is working with the National Citizen Service.

The first event of the day will be a visit to the Nissan UK car plant. Prince Charles will hear about the manufacture of electric vehicles and to see how Nissan generates career opportunities for young people at their Global Training Centre.

Nissan built its first car at the Sunderland plant in 1986. They currently employ over 6,700 people from the local area and invest considerably in training, education and apprenticeships.

They are the only company in the UK to produce electric cars for the mass market. Production began in March 2013 on the 100% electric Nissan LEAF.

Charles a champion for the environment, will take a keen interest in the vehicle’s production as it is designed to help combat climate change and air pollution by eliminating exhaust emissions. During his visit, Charles will walk the production line where LEAF cars and other vehicles are manufactured with demonstrations from Nissan staff and apprentices.

An activity by The Industrial Cadets, a programme inspired by Charles, will participate in an activity for The Prince to view.

The Nissan Global Training Centre has two sites in the world and Sunderland is home to one of them. Along with training employees and apprentices, they house the Nissan Skills Foundation, which provide programmes for children to foster their interest in a career in engineering or manufacturing through its Industrial Cadets programme.

Before departing for the second event of the day, Prince Charles will unveil a plaque.

The second event of the day will see Charles check in on how Step up to Serve is working with the National Citizen Service (NCS).

The Prince launched Step Up To Serve and the #iwill campaign in 2013 to increase the number of young people involved in social action.

He appealed to community groups, corporate organisations, the education sector and members of the public to start opportunities for young people to ‘Step Up To Serve’ in.

During his visit, Charles will observe activities National Citizen Service graduates along with staff and members of the local community are participating in. Joining the group will be boxing champion and Olympic Medallist Amir Khan.

One of the activities includes a chance for graduates to pitch their ideas to Khan to obtain funding for a community project.

The NCS pledged that 1 million young people will have completed their programme by 2020.

A government-backed scheme open to all 15 to 17 year olds across England, The NCS brings together young people from diverse backgrounds and assists them to acquire greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication.

Since it began operating in Sunderland, the NCS Programme has seen 725 young people participate in over 21,000 hours of social action.

Over the next seven years, Step Up to Serve hope they will encourage and increase participation from ten to 20 year olds in social action activities. The plan is to pay recognition to the impact young people make on their local neighborhoods and to advocate the benefit this has to the prosperity, well-being and contentment of the country.

In November, Charles appeared live via webcam from Clarence House from where he chatted with young people involved in social action and marked first anniversary of the #iwill campaign.

photo credit: chego-chego via photopin cc

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