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The National Citizen Service 2013 Summer Programme

The National Citizen Service is a brand new programme launching this year for 16 and 17 year olds, supported by the By Design group. The programme is currently looking for staff to work for them this summer across the country, including the areas of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. Lizzie Butler went along to the recent presentation at the University of Hertfordshire to find out more…


The four week programme is funded by the Cabinet office and has direct government support, making it completely free for both the young people getting involved and the staff that will help supervise them. With a choice of starting the month long employment from every Monday in July, weekends without any work and getting £1000 for your time, it’s an ideal summer placement for any student with experience working with young people, or those who would like to get some. 50,000 young people are taking part this year, and there are over 70 positions available across Herts and Beds.


The basic structure of the programme involves a 2 week residential stay in accommodation completely provided by NCS, including a week at an adventure activity centre and a weeks stay at the University of Bedfordshire in student halls, where the staff will attend talks with the young people from businesses and charities, as well as a visit to Sky Studios in London for an interactive learning experience. Staff will be completely responsible for the 15 young people they are in charge of during this week, getting them involved in cooking dinner and keeping them active. This is a great opportunity for the young people to experience a taste of university life and get an idea if it would be right for them.

The final two weeks involve commuting, possibly in coaches, from specific pick up points in the area you are working. These weeks are designed to assist the young people in a community project completely of their choice. In the two previous trial years that the scheme has run projects included: a radio show that was so popular it still runs now, a fashion show, and charity fund-raising days. These weeks culminate in a graduation ceremony in which there is the opportunity to showcase everything that has been achieved over the month and the kids who took part all receive a certificate of achievement from the Prime Minister.


There is, of course, mandatory training and a CRB check required. The programme will make excellent work experience and, if you’re a psychology student, can count towards the 120 hours placement required for your course. It’s a great way to get involved with and support your local community while testing yourself and making money over the long summer break. The programme is looking for people who are well organised and punctual, as well as enthusiastic and can think on their feet, as handling a large group of 16 to 17 year olds will be a definite challenge. With roles for both Team Leaders and Assistant Team Leaders, there will be support from your colleagues throughout the project. To get involved, view the information on CareerHub. The closing date is 31st March and interviews will take place across the Easter period.


Lizzie Butler is a second year student at the University of Hertfordshire, studying English Literature.

Lizzie Butler is a second year student at the University of Hertfordshire, studying English Literature.


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