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Course is a catalyst for young people

Published on: 13/04/2017 (10:21AM)

We held a special event recently at our Ruddington Centre for Central students who have been exploring perceptions, prejudices and behaviours as part of the ‘Catalyst’ young leadership programme.


Staff and students from Central College Nottingham with visitors from Catalyst and the Army.

Some of the students took part in the course this February, while others at the event were alumni from the 2016 or 2015 Catalyst courses. At the event they had the opportunity to meet with friends they made during the programme, as well as meet those who were involved in other years. 

The 12 course alumni, from a range of different curriculum areas, listened to a variety of external speakers, including representatives from the Army and Riaz Ravat, the coordinator of Catalyst, who is based at St Philip’s Centre in Leicester.

At the event students from the 2017 course received certificates from Ffyona Baker, Central’s Director for Organisational Development and Human Resources.

I took part in Catalyst 2016 and it was amazing. We learnt about so many different topics and had the chance to make new friends and find our true potential.

James Carver - Uniformed Public Services student

Hamza Sharif, an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) student who took part this year, said: “The course was really interesting and interactive. The idea is to help everyone get to know and understand more about people in their community.”

The Catalyst programme helps the College promote understanding between individuals and groups, which links in with British values and community cohesion. It also helps students develop the employability skills they need to work and live in modern day Britain.

Sam Coles - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor at Central

Riaz Ravat said, “Catalyst relies on committed partners, and Central College Nottingham has been an integral part of its successful journey. Young adults need life skills as well as qualifications to help them navigate successfully in British society, and I am confident that those who have completed the programme will have gained confidence to make their mark both in and outside of college. It has been a pleasure to have worked with the students and I look forward to continuing this in future.”

The course is delivered by the St Philip’s Centre in Leicester and funded by Near Neighbours.  Catalyst is one of the UK’s most dynamic and interactive young leader training programmes. It aims to build the confidence of and make real the potential of young people aged 16 – 30 years so that they can change their communities for the better. Catalyst involves a range of activities and learning opportunities and the course covered themes of networking, leadership, teamwork, interfaith, community and communication.