Lincolnshire: Course aims to give youngsters vital employment skills

NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard
NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard
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A voluntary scheme is offering youngsters across Lincolnshire the chance to gain valuable experience and skills that will help gain employment.

The National Citizen Service, or NCS, is urging young people to join the autumn programme, which begins on 18th October and runs throughout the half-term holidays.

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.

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 added: “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 programme, visit http://www.ncsem1.org.uk/young-people.