NCS GETS £171M TO HELP TEENS BECOME ‘WORLD READY AND WORK READY’
1 February 2022
NCS Trust has been awarded £171 million for the next three years to allow the organisation ‘to continue its great work’. Read more about the announcement.
NCS, the country’s flagship youth programme for 16-17-year-olds and the largest in Europe for young people on the cusp of adulthood, has engaged with over 600,000 young people in its 10-year history.
Key NCS highlights include:
- Young people on NCS have contributed over 15million volunteering hours
- 70% of teens who took part felt more confident about getting a job in the future
- 78% felt more positive about people from different backgrounds, in line with the NCS social cohesion mission
- NCS has a greater positive impact on female participants, teens from disadvantaged backgrounds, those who are disabled and those from ethnically diverse backgrounds
NCS Trust CEO Mark Gifford said: “Today's announcement is a strong vote of confidence in NCS by the Government and DCMS. We are very grateful for their continued support, allowing us to deliver life-enhancing experiences to help young people become world ready and work ready.
“We can now continue to transform our portfolio of services, giving more choice to young people about how they engage with our offering, especially those most in need of ‘a leg up’. Our transforming agenda means we will be able to broaden our digital experiences as well as delivering adventures away from home and life skills to complement the school curriculum. We can now move forward confident of three years funding to support what we do, delivering further value to the taxpayer while helping teens to build confidence and resilience as they emerge from the shadow of the pandemic.
“We remain committed to backing the young people of our country, so that we can continue to help future generations develop skills for life, give back to their communities as true national citizens, and build the future that they will inherit and inhabit as ‘our next greatest generation’.”
For more information about NCS, please visit www.wearencs.com.
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About NCS (National Citizen Service)
NCS is an experience like no other. Designed for 16-17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland, NCS is a youth programme that runs every summer and autumn, during school holidays. Teens get the opportunity to mix with a new crowd, live away from home for a while, take on new challenges and in the process build lifelong friendships.
The programme is all about emboldening young people – by giving them a taste of independence and equipping them with essential skills for life. NCSers then get a chance to take these new-found skills for a test-run in their local community.
NCS is dedicated to providing a platform to make sure young people are heard and can engage with their community by completing passion projects, raising awareness and providing solutions to the issues they care about.
The experience might last just a few weeks, but the impact? That lasts a lot longer. Since 2009 nearly 600,000 young people have taken part in NCS, completing over 14.5 million hours of community action, and gaining priceless life experiences.
NCS costs no more than £50 - with bursaries and support for those with special educational needs or disabilities also available. NCS’s mission is to give every young person the life-changing experience.
NCS delivers value for money. £3.49 of benefits to society for every £1 spent. During lockdown NCS has had over 1.7 million unique engagements with teens through its ‘Staying Connected’ hub.
About NCS Trust
National Citizen Service Trust is an Arm's Length Body of DCMS incorporated by Royal
Charter and established to shape, support, champion and lead a thriving National
National Citizen Service Trust is registered in England and Wales with Royal Charter
Body number RC000894.
To learn more about NCS Trust visit LinkedIn