Information for Parents

NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime experience open to all 15-17 year olds across England that helps fast track your teen’s future.

It is a unique two or three week full time programme focused around fun and discovery, plus 30 hours committed to a social action project that benefits both young people and society. On this programme, participants build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and adventures, making new friends and contributing to their community.

NCS takes place out of school time, with programmes available during spring, summer and autumn. The programme offers exceptional value for money as participants spend time away from home with all meals and activities covered. Government backing means the most you will ever pay for NCS is £50 for the whole experience, including food, activities, accommodation and more! Your teen will learn how to be self-sufficient, developing new life skills such as first aid, managing a budget and cooking for themselves and their new friends.

Launched in 2011, to date over 80,000 teenagers have taken part in NCS and 1.5 million hours have been dedicated by NCS graduates to social action projects designed to improve their local communities.

What are the Benefits?

NCS helps your teen get ahead by learning the skills for work and life that employers are increasingly looking for in candidates: confidence, teamwork and leadership skills. 92% of 2013 participants think NCS gives them a chance to develop skills that would be useful in future.

In 2013, NCS gained UCAS recognition making it an excellent way to help your teen define their skills and experiences for upcoming interviews and university applications.

NCS will help grow your teen’s confidence and CV. 73% of 2013 participants feel more confident about getting a job as a result of NCS.

There really are NO hidden costs and it’s even entirely free for some as financial bursaries are available on a case by case basis while the Government invests over £1,000 per place.

NCS is a great way for your teen to get out of the house and spend the summer making a difference in your local community. 90% of teens say they would recommend NCS to their friends.