Time for adventure – NCS programme kicks off again
James Arbuthnot, Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire, calls on all Year 11 students to get involved in this summer’s National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, running across Hampshire.
He said today, ‘All those in Year 11 should apply as soon as possible for a place on the programme. It is terrific way to meet new people and forge lifelong skills that employers and colleges want. I hope everyone eligible will try out for place.’
National Citizen Service starts with a fortnight staying away from home, when participants take part in a packed schedule of adventure and personal development activities. This is followed by a three to four weeks community element, allowing the teenagers to develop social action projects to benefit their area. In all, National Citizen Service participants will spend nearly three-quarters of a million hours on social action projects in local communities across England this summer.
Over 8,400 teenagers participated in last year’s pilots. The largest provider reported that 96% of graduates felt more confident and 86% more responsible for making a difference to their local area. Nine out of ten parents of graduates would recommend the programme to others. The progamme can be cited on a CV or college application, and students will learn new skills that employers and universities will love.
To celebrate the NCS programme, there’ll be a graduation ceremony – last year, 600 lucky graduates also got tickets to an exclusive gig at the O2 Academy.