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Information for Parents and Guardians

NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all 15–17 year olds (Year 11/12 equivalent) that builds skills and confidence whilst helping them get ahead in work and life.

The NCS programme also helps teenagers connect to their local community through social action projects, designed and delivered by the young people themselves.

83% of participants felt capable of more than they had realised.

We are committed to making NCS a worthwhile experience for young people and to you as parents/guardians.

✓ NCS helps build skills for work and life whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.

✓ It’s a fun, productive and inexpensive way to spend part of their summer holiday

✓ Young people receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister

✓ NCS is recognised by UCAS and the experience is great to demonstrate skills to employers

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For Parents/Guardians

Why NCS?

On NCS, your teenager will develop the skills that employers increasingly value: confidence, leadership, and independence.

NCS is a great addition to your teenager’s CV. In fact, almost three quarters of NCS graduates feel more confident about getting a job after doing NCS. All NCS graduates receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister, and moreover, it looks great on UCAS personal statements.

How Much?

NCS is amazing value for money – the whole experience will cost you no more than £50. Why? Because the programme is backed by the government, which invests more than £1,000 per place. No one should ever be prevented from taking part in NCS for financial reasons, which is why financial assistance is available. Please get in touch to discuss this further.


For the summer programme, NCS takes place over a consecutive 4 week period, with no weekends included.

During week one, your teenager will live away from home for a five-day residential; at Weymouth and Portland Adventure and take part in challenging outdoor activities such as kayaking, rock climbing and sailing. In Week Two, your teenager will embrace independent living at University of Portsmouth’s Residential Halls, and take part in future life skills workshops each day such as first aid and enterprise challenges.

For week 3 and 4 of the experience, that young people will get to make a positive difference in their local community. Week 3 will be based at a local college where they will plan their Social Action Project, and week 4 will be based in their local community delivering their project.

Who is it run by?

Pompey in the Community run the NCS programme in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

All NCS staff are fully enhanced DBS checked (previously CRB) and are trained to work with young people. The programme is risk assessed and regularly quality assured. We strive to ensure all young people can take part in NCS, and we endeavour to make adjustments to the programme to cater for a wide range of needs.

To find out more, or if you have any questions, please get in touch through the details below:

02392 728 899 or [email protected]

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