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Highbury College Offers School Leavers a Summer to Remember

Published: 1st March 2011 15:41

Highbury College is offering school leavers the chance to make new friends, learn new skills and give something back to society this summer.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a seven-week programme that runs over part of the summer. The programme is open to anyone finishing year 11 and will enable them to learn new skills and make a real difference to the local community.

The NCS programme includes exciting and challenging team activities, away-from-home residential experiences and a self-designed voluntary project in their local neighbourhood. It also offers the chance to meet Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Helen Brennan, Head of Student Support at Highbury College says; "The programme provides a number of great benefits for school leavers. As well as being a really fun experience, it gives them a chance to develop employability skills such as team working, planning and presentation of ideas, and an excellent addition to their CV of having created and delivered a voluntary project which will profit their local community. The kind of skills and qualities they will develop will make them stand out from the crowd in applications for jobs, college or university."

There are two programmes: one starts on July 18 the other on July 25. Both programmes include three weeks full-time, with a further 30 hours on a part-time basis over four weeks.

Participants will spend their time as follows:

Week 1

Induction week: a chance to learn more about the programme and meet the NCS team.

Week 2

A residential week of activity, challenge and adventure at Calshot Activities Centre to develop team-working skills, and meet Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Week 3

A residential week at Highbury College to design and plan a voluntary project to improve your local community.

Weeks 4-7

Put all of the plans and new skills into action! Spend 30 hours in the community to make a mark on society.  

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