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BTEC students set for Adventure, Skills and Social Action with NCS funding boost

Havering Sixth Form College has been chosen to receive over £100,000 in funding from the NCS (National Citizen Service) for an exclusive programme that provides amazing opportunities for students.

Young people studying Business, Travel & Tourism and Sport BTEC courses are being offered the chance to take part in NCS Term Time which will help them develop confidence, boost their CV and enhance their life skills – all for free.

The programme has been offered to only 13 colleges nationally and just two in London, and Havering Sixth Form College is one of them. The funding will cover the £1,800 cost per student and we have been allocated 60 spaces.

The programme involves lower sixth students taking part in three phases: Adventure, Skills and Social Action – and will begin in November with a five-day residential stay in Devon.

The students will live independently and complete outdoor pursuits adventure activities in the countryside such as abseiling, assault courses, kayaking, map-reading, hiking and team-building challenges.

They will then return to College and take part in a Social Action community project in Hornchurch, such as volunteering, work experience or doing promotional work for a local charity.

The Skills phase of NCS will give students the chance to work with industry professionals to enhance their talents, secure apprenticeship interviews with leading companies and develop skills employers value such as leadership, communication, presentation and decision-making.

Business Studies BTEC course leader Paul Barker said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students. It will give them the chance to take part in fun outdoor activities, develop teamwork and leadership skills and become an all-round more confident, compassionate and capable young person as well as giving something back to the local community.

“We are very lucky to have been chosen by the NCS and our students will use the programme to complete units and assignments as part of their BTEC courses.”

The NCS was set up in 2009 and has benefited around 300,000 young people already. The aim of the scheme is to develop confidence and skills and to help students understand and connect with others in order that they can discover how they can make a difference in their local community.