Young people are being invited to change their lives this summer by signing up to popular youth empowerment programme National Citizen Service (NCS).
Recent research has revealed that the nationwide NCS programme, which is delivered by West Sussex County Council in Arun and Chichester, can help young people get into university.
NCS also helps young people get jobs and improve their career prospects by giving them access to unique volunteering and work experience opportunities.
Nikki Hamilton-Street, NCS Team Manager at the County Council, said: “We have an exciting summer ahead with young people able to join us on the Isle of Wight for a week of personal challenges and staying in tepees.
“There is then a further opportunity for young people to develop skills for life that can help them make their mark in their community.”
The latest research, which analyses data provided by UCAS, shows that university admission is about more than just exam grades with NCS grads 12% more likely to get into university than non-NCS grads. Since its launch in 2009, NCS has given more than 300,000 young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to spend four weeks experiencing the great outdoors, learning important life skills and volunteering in their local community.
Michael Lynas, CEO at NCS, said: “This new research shows that NCS helps young people to get on in life and gives them vital life skills that can’t be taught in a classroom. I’d urge all sixteen year olds in the area to take part in NCS after GCSEs this summer. Not only will they make new friends and have an adventure, they will also be fast tracking their future.”
NCS, which recently received Royal Assent making NCS part of the law of the land, is open to 15-17 years in England.
This year a record 100,000 young people are signed up to take part in NCS.