[I]f you want to help your teenager achieve their dreams and fulfil their potential, then your first step should be to sign them up to this summer’s National Citizen Service programme.
Now in its sixth year, NCS is a national scheme for 15-17 year-olds that has been especially developed to help teenagers build their confidence, leadership skills and independence; educating them in the kind of life lessons that can’t be learned in class.
During the programme, teenagers take part in a range of life-changing activities including outdoor challenges and adventures, embracing independent living, meeting organisations and key people from their local communities, and planning a social action project that will make a real difference to the area they live in.
Olivia Pierce, who took part in the programme two years ago, says that NCS has not only made her more confident but has also opened the door to many opportunities that she feels she wouldn’t have had, without the successes she achieved both during and after NCS.
“I’m a lot more sure of myself now and I do so much more charity work since I did NCS,” says Olivia. “I also do a lot of school visits with NCS, going into classrooms and assemblies to do presentations and tell other young people about how great NCS is.
“Doing all of this has given me confidence to speak in public and in job interviews. I recently got a work placement with NSG Nuclear Decommissioning, in the project management department. The only reason I got that position was because of NCS.
“In the interview, I told them about the social action project we did as part of NCS and about going into schools to do talks and presentations for other young people. The panel told me that this was one of the things that made me stand out from all the other candidates.”
Olivia is not alone. Almost three quarters (72%) of NCS graduates feel more confident about getting a job after doing NCS. All NCS graduates receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister, and UCAS recommends students put NCS in their personal statement.
Taking place over four weeks in the Summer, NCS is available across England, in Cumbria it is delivered by Inspira. Cumbrian places are filling up fast but if you are quick, there are still spots available for:
- Wave 1 27th June
- Wave 3 18th July
- Wave 4 1st August
- Wave 5 15th August
NCS Contract Manager for Inspira, Dave Todd said, “We are very proud of the NCS experience that we deliver in Cumbria and Lancashire and of the many successes of our young people who take part each year. We also run a very successful NCS graduate programme which gives NCS participants the opportunity to continue their NCS journey through volunteering, leadership and employability development.”
To find out more information and sign up your teen go to http://www.ncsnorthwest.co.uk/