Parents NCS

Information for Parents

NCS 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.


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.

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.


  • 92% of participants in 2013 think NCS gives them a chance to develop skills that would be useful in future.
  • 73% of participants in 2013 feel more confident about getting a job as a result of NCS. NCS will help grow your teen’s confidence and CV.
  • 90% of teens say they would recommend NCS to their friends.


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.

Making a Difference

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.