What is NCS?

As a parent or guardian of a teenager, you’re probably worrying about how your son or daughter will get on in life. For some of you it will be about securing a job and for others about getting them on the next rung of the
further education ladder. There’s no doubt that the world is increasingly competitive. Employers, colleges and universities are all looking beyond educational qualifications to show personal achievement and life skills.

This is why NCS (National Citizen Service) was created. It has been exclusively designed to give all 16 and 17 year olds the chance to build skills for work and life, whilst taking on new challenges, making new friends and
contributing to their local community.

So what is it exactly?
NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to all 16-17 year olds, that helps build skills for work and life, whilst giving them the chance to make new friends, meet new people and try new things. It’s a great way to enhance your CV and provides the team-working, independence and communication skills needed to help with job, college and university applications.

They’ll spend time away from home experiencing outdoor challenges like canoeing, abseiling, climbing or caving, followed by skills-building workshops focusing on employability and enterprise skills. They’ll then take part in a community project to help make a real difference in your local area.

NCS takes place outside of term-time and costs a maximum of £50 as it’s backed by the government. Bursaries are available – please contact us on 0121 386 6910 or email askncs@ingeus.co.uk for more information.

When is it?

NCS runs for 4 weeks over the summer holidays or for 2 weeks over the autumn half term holiday. We’ve got a range of dates available to suit everyone!


June – August (various dates)


October (tbc)

When is it?


Exciting team-building activities and outdoor challenges at a residential centre in the Peak District, taking part in a range of activities from camping to abseiling, hiking, weaselling, zip-lining and canoeing.


Interactive skills-building workshops, delivered by local businesses and charities, focusing on employability and entrepreneurial skills.


Plan and then deliver a community project; this could be anything from fundraising for a local charity or creating a sensory garden for disabled people, to setting up a youth club or repainting a community centre!


Celebrate your achievements at a graduation ceremony where you’ll get a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.

How do I get my teenager involved?

How do I get my teenager involved?
Call us on 0121 386 6910 or email askncs@ingeus.co.uk for more information, or sign up here.