National Citizen Service
The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a 3 week long programme over the summer holidays to help 15-17 year olds get ahead with personal life skills and professional development.
NCS is now highly recommended by UCAS personal statements and your CV for future job applications. On NCS you will take part on an away residential with lots of outdoor activities to challenge yourself to the limit, you will learn new skills such as, a first aid qualification, a life guard qualification and also an NCS come dine with me cooking class!
The 3rd and final week is the social action week, where you will go into the local community of Doncaster and give something back in the form of a volunteering project that is completely planned and organised by you! Check out this YouTube video!
You could have all this for just £50, this includes transport, accommodation, activities, activity equipment, food for the first 2 weeks of the programme, as for the 3rd week you will be living from home.
Check out NSC website to sign up or Call 01302 764663 for more information!
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
If you are looking for a challenge, or for something which will improve your chances in finding a job, or simply wishing to do something different and make many new friends in the process, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is just the thing for you.
A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.
There are three levels of the Award, Bronze, Silver and Gold and you can start with Bronze and work your way through all three levels, or start directly at Silver or Gold, provided that you meet the minimum age requirement (15 for Silver, 16 for Gold).
You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold) - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.
You'll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).
The best bit is - you get to choose what you do!
Your programme can be full of activities and projects that you find especially interesting and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
If you would like more information look on the DofE web-site.
The Prince's Trust is a youth charity that can help you get a job, education or training. For further information about Prince's Trust in Doncaster click here and enter your postcode.
You may have the chance to go on work experience while at school or college - you should speak to teacher/tutor about arranging this.
A part-time job or voluntary work are also good ways to get some work experience.
Why go on work experience? Well it...
- gives you the chance to find out how a local company works
- helps you think about your future
- develops new skills and
- lets you see see how you cope and learn to adapt to being in an adult environment
- may let you to sample the type of work you're thinking of. For some careers it's more difficult eg medical professions due to patient confidentiality
- shows you the difference between work and education
- looks great on your CV and you may get a reference or even get taken on.