What is the National Citizen Service?
National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government backed youth citizenship programme that builds the skills and confidence of 15-17 year olds to help them get ahead in work and life.
NCS believes that given the respect, tools and opportunity, young people can change the world around them
- NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime experience open to all 15 - 17 year olds across England
- NCS is for everyone. To date over 70,000 young people have taken part in NCS and it’s still growing
- Participants experience new challenges and learn new skills through team building exercises and outdoor activities, while making new friends and contributing to their community
- 9 out of 10 would recommend NCS to a friend
- The programme is backed by government so participants pay no more than £50 with bursaries available on a case by case basis
- Every young person can participate, whether they are academic, sporty or creative and regardless of income, background or ambitions
- NCS takes place out of college time during the autumn, spring and summer terms
- NCS summer programme is a unique three-week full-time programme with two weeks spent away from home focused around fun and discovery plus 30 hours committed to a social action project that benefits you and your community.
NCS helps 15 - 17 year olds develop confidence and skills and grow their CVs
Independent evaluation from NatCen* shows:
- 92% think NCS gives them a chance to develop skills that would be useful in future
- 73% feel more confident about getting a job as a result of NCS
- The programme delivers a 17 percentage point increase in confidence at leading a team
- One year on, 89% agree that NCS has enabled them to develop skills that have been useful for study, work or training
- One year on, a 12 percentage point decrease in anxiety levels in NCS participants compared to control group
- NCS is recognised by UCAS and helps young people frame their skills and experiences for interviews and university applications
- NCS helps teach the skills that employers say they are increasingly looking for in candidates: Confidence, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership skills
- Employers, in a 2012 survey*, agreed that initiative, problem-solving and communication skills are those most needed by job candidates to succeed at work (*CBI)
- NCS boosted leadership skills by 18 percentage points and in terms of teamwork, 95% of NCS participants felt they had a chance to know people they wouldn’t normally mix with
- Participants graduate with a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.