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National Citizen Service

Country of implementation
United Kingdom
General short description of the innovation
National Citizen Service (NCS) is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England and Northern Ireland. It has a strong focus on building skills for work and life, with a particular focus on employability, the development of greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility, and of skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication. The scheme takes place in the summer, autumn and spring. In all cases it begins with a residential visit to an activity centre which coincides with school holidays. This lasts for 4 to 5 days. After this, volunteers create a social action project, which they deliver in 30 hours in their local communities.
Target group
Youth
Policy Field
  • social
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Piloted in 2011 and rolled out in 2013
Scope of innovation
  • Spatial coverage: England and Northern Ireland
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
Building skills for work and life, with a particular focus on employability, the development of greater confidence to interact with other people, self-awareness and responsibility, and of skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • others (volunteering)
Intended target group
Young people aged 16-17
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • central state
Intended output
  • others (participation in volunteering for skills and competence development)
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
Young people?s teamwork, communication and leadership skills as well as their self-confidence improved. Some research also found that the schemes had improved young people?s transition into adulthood including improved attitudes toward education and anti-social behaviour. / / Literature: / NatCen Social Research (2013). Evaluation of National Citizen Service. Findings from the evaluations of the 2012 summer and autumn NCS programmes. Available: http://natcen.ac.uk/media/205475/ncs_evaluation_report_2012_combined.pdf
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