Towards a National Service for Youth
Political efforts from the 1960s on to draw young people into ‘community service’ including suggestions to make this compulsory; its re-badging after 2010 as ‘social action’. The development of the National Citizens Service’s (NCS) from David Cameron’s notions of a youth ‘citizenship’ training programme and a ‘school leaver programme’ to the scheme’s piloting and launch in 2011. NCS’s broad aspirations - to nurture the individual ‘character’ traits young people were seen as needing to transition successfully into adulthood; and to achieve broader cultural and societal change. NCS’s initial costs and funding; the award of the first contracts; its establishment on a statutory basis as an independent trust.
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