David Cameron’s bagged himself a new job.
The former Tory leader sensationally stepped down after he failed to convince the public to remain in the European Union.
Cameron’s new role, as chairman of NCS Patrons, will include overseeing the expansion of the National Citizen Service (NCS) into a universally available programme to help more teenagers gain life skills.
The group will bring together a senior cross-party and cross-sector group of patrons and ambassadors to help the service become a ‘permanent national institution’.
His announcement comes as the Government introduces a National Citizen Service Bill to create a Royal Charter to put the NCS on a permanent legal footing.
Former Prime Minister David Cameron visits the ITC Centre at Carterton Community College with the Conservative candidate for the Witney by-election Robert Courts (Picture: Rex)
The NCS is open to 15 to 17 year-olds and sees groups of teenagers first going on team outdoor activity trips, then being mentored in the community, and ultimately delivering their own social action project.
Mr Cameron set up the scheme after becoming prime minister in 2010.
‘I am delighted that Theresa May is continuing the vital work to support NCS and that today the Government is introducing the National Citizen Service Bill.
‘With cross-party support, this will create a Royal Charter to secure the NCS Trust as a permanent national institution that can ultimately offer a place to every 16- and 17-year-old.
‘That should be our goal – not necessarily a compulsory programme, but one that is universally available and becomes a normal part of growing up for every teenager.
‘But making NCS a rite of passage requires more than political leadership. It requires leadership from every part of society,’ Cameron wrote in the Telegraph.
He added: ‘That is the vision for NCS that I had all those years ago when I first thought about developing the programme; and together we now have the opportunity to make it a reality for generations to come.’