Reality television music star Jermain Jackman staged a preview of his forthcoming single to students at Sheffield College.
The winner of BBC1’s The Voice UK 2014 performed tracks from his debut album to 60 students at Sheffield City College, Granville Road.
Jermain, 20, an ambassador and graduate of National Citizen Service, spoke with students about the programme’s life changing impact on him.
NCS enables young people, aged 15 to 17, to develop essential skills for work and life. Participants volunteer at least 30 hours to a community project on an issue important to them. Running over two or three weeks full-time, it is designed to create a more cohesive society by mixing young teenagers from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Jermain explained to students how the NCS has helped him to overcome challenges, such as presenting to a group, and given him the confidence to achieve his ambitions.
He said: “The last few years have been an incredible journey for me and I wanted to be able to share some of these experiences with Sheffield College students, who are looking ahead to their own futures.
“Taking part in NCS in 2012 was a defining moment, helping me to develop the confidence to realise my ambitions. It was an experience I’d encourage everyone to say ‘yes’ to!”
Jermain’s visit was part of a three-week tour of schools across the country ahead of the launch of his self-titled debut album.
Heather Smith, principal ay The Sheffield College, said Jermain’s visit was a great chance for students to see that the key to success is being well rounded.
She said: “Jermain has achieved great academic results whilst also building interests outside of education and that is why we place an emphasis on extra-curricular learning at The Sheffield College, which includes offering some NCS programmes to our students.”