Time running out to apply for school leavers’ course in Thurrock

THE PRINCE’S Trust is calling on Thurrock’s school leavers to sign up for the last few places on a new, free course this summer.

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a scheme for year 11 school leavers to learn new skills, challenge themselves and make a positive impact in their community during the summer holidays.

Carolyn Mason, Prince’s Trust Head of Programmes for the East of England, said: “Places are going quickly for this course which is set to start in just a few weeks time.

“As another school year comes to a close, parents across Thurrock are sure to be making last-minute plans to keep their kids entertained during the summer holidays. NCS is an ideal way for them to spend their time taking part in a range of activities to help build their skills confidence for future employment or further education.

“The public perception has often been that youngsters offer very little to the community. NCS is the perfect opportunity for young people to prove them wrong.”

Young people will design a project to benefit their local area as well as going on two team-building residential weeks, taking part in outdoor challenges and group activities.

Places are filling up quickly so interested young people should apply as soon as possible.

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps change young lives. It runs a range of courses, giving disadvantaged young people practical and financial support and helping them develop key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. More than three in four young people on Prince’s Trust schemes move into work, education and training.

NCS is a coalition government scheme to be piloted across the UK this summer. Twelve pilot projects will run across England in summer 2011 giving 11,000 young people the chance to take part.

To sign up for National Citizen Service in your area, visit www.princes-trust.org.uk/ncs or call freephone 0800 842 842.

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