What is NCS?

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a youth empowerment programme that gives 15 and 17-year-olds the chance to channel their independent spirit and take their next steps with confidence. NCS takes place over the school holidays in summer, autumn and spring.

Launched in 2011, to date over 275,000 teenagers have taken part in NCS and 3.3 million hours have been dedicated by NCS graduates to social action projects, helping to improve their local communities. On NCS, participants build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and adventures, building confidence and making friends for life.

Government backing means the most you will ever pay for NCS is £50 for the whole experience, including food, activities… everything!

What are the benefits?


On NCS, you learn those intangible skills that employers are increasingly looking for: confidence, teamwork and leadership.


Is your teenager looking to apply for university? NCS is endorsed by UCAS; the skills and experience are invaluable in taking those next steps


Just like university, your teenager will interact with young people from different backgrounds and make friends for life.


The government invests more than £1,000 per place, which is why NCS will cost you no more than £50 with no hidden extras.


Together, NCS participants plan a social action project, then roll up their sleeves and make a difference in their community.

An Experience To Change Their Life

NCS takes place over 4 weeks during the summer holidays or during the autumn or spring half terms. We have various start dates available depending on where you live.

Phase 1: Adventure 

Your teen will spend time away from home with their team in the great outdoors, getting to know each other and experience the freedom of being away from home with new friends. 

Phase 2: Discovery 

During this phase young people will learn some huge life skills that make for a great CV and develop new personal skills. They can also find out more about skills they have a passion for such as Photography, Music editing, Sports coaching or even how to set up a business. 

Phase 3: Social Action 

Teens get together as a team to put all the skills they've learnt and the experiences they've had into practice with a social action project that will really make their mark on the local community.

Click here to sign up now for the programme.

Find Out More

To find out more about NCS, visit our frequently asked questions or contact us on 01522 574101 or ncs@the-ebp.co.uk