Students Offered ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ Opportunity

The National Citizen Service (NCS) will be returning to Brentwood School to talk to Fifth Year students about the benefits of a scheme which aims to make them ‘unstoppable.’

The NCS, which is valued by employers and universities, gives 15 to 17 year olds the opportunity to embark upon exhilarating challenges and adventures, and encourages them to not only make their mark but build skills for work and life.

Representatives from the Service will return to the School on March 16th to talk to students about NCS, how it works, and its benefits.  Billed as a once–in-a-lifetime opportunity, the scheme is not only great fun, it is a fantastic way for students to build the skills and experiences needed to help them stand out in university applications. 

NCS is a 3-4 week experience and participants take on new tasks, make new friends and give something back to their community.  Along with thousands of other people their age across Essex, students will spend time away from home doing outdoor challenges, meeting new people and building their confidence. They will also build skills with local businesses and charities, including interview skills or first aid, or learning about issues in the community. The students will also create their own community project to benefit the local area. 

At the end of the experience, students graduate at a special ceremony and receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister to recognise their achievements.  NCS, which open to all Year 11 and 12 students, is recognised by UCAS and is a great addition to a student’s CV. 

NCS takes place during the summer holidays, and over 98% of those who took part in the programme last year said they would recommend it to their friends, and 92% of participants said that they’d developed more skills for the future.  So far more than 400,000 young people have taken part in NCS.