APM is urging young people to change their lives this summer by signing up to popular youth empowerment programme National Citizen Service (NCS) after research revealed it can help them get into university.
As teenagers prepare to take exams, the research, which analyses data provided by UCAS, shows that university admission is about more than just exam grades and with NCS, grads are 12% more likely to get into university than non-NCS grads.
Since its launch in 2009, NCS has given more than 300,000 young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to spend four weeks experiencing the great outdoors, learning important life skills and volunteering in their local community.
Delivered by APM in Staffordshire, Stoke, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford, Worcestershire and Wrekin, NCS also helps young people get jobs and improve their career prospects by giving them access to unique volunteering and work experience opportunities.
Michael Lynas, CEO, NCS, said: “This new research shows that NCS helps young people to get on in life and gives them vital life skills that can’t be taught in a classroom.
"I’d urge all sixteen year olds in the area to take part in NCS after GCSEs this summer. Not only will they make new friends and have an adventure, they will also be fast tracking their future.”
NCS, which recently received Royal Assent making NCS part of the law of the land, is open to 15-17 years in England.
This year a record 100,000 young people are signed up to take part in NCS and Gareth Downie, who runs NCS in this area on behalf of APM, is urging young people to sign up for summer places before they run out.
Gareth Downie, APM, said: “This is a life changing experience for young people and helps them to gain key life skills and opens so many doors.
"It can give young people an amazing summer full of opportunities and will they will gain new friends and skills that will last a life time”
To sign up to NCS this summer visit www.ncsyes.co.uk
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