Graduation day for BB leaders of the future

Boys' Brigade's (BB) King George VI Youth Leadership Training (KGVI) course graduates.

Boys' Brigade's (BB) King George VI Youth Leadership Training (KGVI) course graduates.

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Seven young volunteers from Motherwell have graduated from The Boys’ Brigade’s flagship King George VI Youth Leadership Training course.

Frazer Graham and Jordan Milne (both 13th Motherwell), Jordan Anderson (20th Motherwell) and Stephen Corbet, Ross Grant, David Kirk and Grant McMaster (all 2nd/4th Motherwell) were presented with certificates by Marjory McLachlan, Lord Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk, at a special graduation ceremony in Bo’ness.

Frazer said: “KGVI has helped me improve my leadership and communication skills, whilst at the same time develop friendships which I know will last a lifetime.

“This incredible experience has given me the motivation and confidence to make a difference for future BB generations.”

The course which began in the 1950s in memory of King George VI is a two year programme which covers key aspects of BB training equipping young leaders to lead activities in their local BB group.

It includes a two week residential course and allows young people to show and develop their skills, regardless of academic ability, which they can transfer into the workplace or further education.

Bill Stevenson, director of The Boys’ Brigade in Scotland, said: “The KGVI Youth Leadership course is an incredible experience for our young people.

“Given the time and efforts they devote to the course and the organisation as a whole, it’s only proper their achievements are celebrated at such an occasion and we were delighted Mrs McLachlan was able to present the certificates.

“The KGVI graduates go back to their local group and make a significant impact, using their time, talent and enthusiasm to make a difference to the next generation of BB members.”