National Citizen Service is the government’s flagship scheme for personal and social development. Taking place during the summer, teenagers get the chance to meet new people, gain new experiences, develop skills for the future and all the while have a lot of fun! It looks great on CV’s and is great for UCAS applications. The programme last four weeks and includes two 5 day residential trips. The first is an outward bound experience and the second is to the University of Kent in Canterbury where participants get to meet some fantastic organisations. The final two weeks require each team to plan and deliver a Team Challenge that has a positive impact on the community they live in. NCS graduates show more confidence and resilience, have a better understanding of their community and feel better about their future employment. The programme costs just £50 as the government provides over £1000 per young person that takes part. Charlton Athletic Community Trust have been a local provider since the start of the programme in 2011 and have graduated nearly 2000 young people since.
Programmes of study and levels:
NCS is an extra-curricular programme that is recognised by UCAS as a non-accredited programme.
Participants must be between the ages of 15-17 and for this summer (2016);
- have turned 16 by August 31st of the year they take part
- not turned 18 by August 31st of the year they take part