The EFL Trust delivers National Citizen Service (NCS) through a network of more than 40 organisations across the country, offering 15-17 year olds a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only better themselves, but to make a real difference in their local community.
Since starting in 2011, The Trust’s involvement has grown year on year to the point that there over 10,000 young people took part in NCS with our network last year. NCS teaches young people the skills employers say they are increasingly looking for in candidates: confidence, teamwork and leadership. What’s more, NCS is recognised by UCAS, helping participants frame experiences and skills ready for interviews and university applications.
NCS 2013 graduate Abigail Heywood looks back on her experience with great fondness. She said: “NCS has improved my confidence; it has given me the chance to say I put something back into the community.”
First, NCS participants will stay away from home and enjoy instructor-led activities such as rock climbing and archery. Split into teams, they will then learn life skills including budgeting, first aid and cooking. Back in their local area, the teams will be tasked with planning and creating a community action project. Finally, the young people spend 30 hours making their project happen, be it a fundraising event, time spent rejuvenating a local park or even a family fun day. To acknowledge their achievements, the young people are then invited to a graduation event, where they will receive certificates signed by David Cameron and relive their experience with friends they have made along the way.