Young people in Norfolk are being urged to sign up for a new citizenship scheme which aims to arm them with a host of key skills.

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The National Citizenship Service is a new government initiative for 16 and 17-year-olds being run by Reed in Partnership in this region.

It combines outdoor adventure, teamwork, employment skills and volunteering as the teenagers meet a range of new people from their county.

Jonathan Aldridge, of Reed, said: “The thinking behind the whole programme is it’s supposed to move the demographic of young people towards being more engaged, more responsible and more interested in their community.”

The programme starts with a two-week residential away from home where young people are encouraged to get to know each other through a series of outdoor adventures and team-building activities.

The teenagers are then put into teams of 12 to 15 people and assigned to a local organisation which they will each aim to help for 30 hours over the next few weeks in the form of a “social action project”.

Mr Aldridge said: “It’s supposed to open up skills for employers, apprenticeships and universities. It’s now recognised by UCAS as well.”

The course costs a maximum of £50 per person taking part although young people from low-income families will be offered support and could have their fee paid for them.

The programme runs at various times in the spring, summer and autumn, coinciding with school holidays.

To find out more, go to www.ncsyes.co.uk

4 comments

  • And why these constant age restraints? what of those who are in their 20ties and want, after years of nothing at all, get back into a regular employment and learning? what is this ageism all about? control over young minds and cheap labour?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • Why not bring back national service ? then all them new peeps who want move to Britain for the good life, can rest assured that their offspring will become good citizens via the armed services...might even see a big drop in the numbers who wish to live the good life.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • More free child labour?

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • "Mr Aldridge said: “It’s supposed to open up skills for employers, apprenticeships and universities...." Either it does or it doesnt Aldridge, or is it just another money making exercise under the guise of helping people ?

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    "V"

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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