Final chance to sign up for ‘Awesome August’ voluntary programme

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With unemployment figures for teens and young adults across the UK on the rise, one local provider of the nationwide voluntary scheme called National Citizen Service (NCS) is urging youngsters in the region to join the autumn programme. But hurry, it starts on Friday!

Phil Everett, Communications Officer for NCS EM1, said: “According to recent figures, the number of jobless 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK has risen by nearly 15,000 over the past few months; a sign that young people are struggling to prove their value to potential employers.

“NCS, however, offers a way for 15-17-year olds throughout Lincolnshire to gain valuable experience and skills that will look great on their CVs and job applications for years to come.

“In addition to making friends and trying new things, the NCS scheme is the perfect way for teenagers to build confidence and other necessary work skills, like teamwork, leadership and communication.”

Space is still available for 15-17 year-olds across Lincolnshire to join the National Citizen Service ‘Awesome Autumn’ programme, which is set to begin THIS FRIDAY and continue through half term.

Just £35 to join, the scheme includes a five-day stay at an outdoor adventure centre with activities such as wall-climbing and archery, two days working with businesses to improve employability skills and a social action project that allows participants an opportunity to give back to their community.

Food and five nights of accommodation are included in the programme cost.

Phil continued: “NCS is a fantastic opportunity for Lincolnshire teenagers to make the most of their autumn half term by trying new things, picking up new skills and giving back to their local community.

“Awesome Autumn is a slightly shorter version of our summer programme, but it offers all the same benefits including a residential, adventure activities, skill-building workshops, a community social action project, plus a chance to build experience for university applications and CVs.

“We’ve already had a lot young people sign up for the October programme, but there are still spots available.”

To register interest and receive detailed information about the NCS ‘Awesome Autumn’ programme, visit http://www.ncsem1.org.uk/young-people.

Teenagers across Lincolnshire recently completed NCS’s Summer 2013 programme, with many saying the programme was much better than sitting at home and wasting their summers away. Instead they made new friends, built skills and made long-lasting memories.

Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnership (EBP) has been selected to run this year’s NCS programme for young people in Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. The EBP is currently leading a team of delivery partners across the four counties, under the name of NCS EM1. It is looking to recruit over 450 young people, as well as mentors, to take part in the autumn programme.

NCS aims to promote a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society by bringing young people from different backgrounds together to make a difference in their communities.

For more information please contact Phil Everett on 01522 574152 or phil.everett@eblo.org.uk or visit www.facebook.com/NCSEM1 and www.ncsem1.org.uk.