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National Citizen Service - tender deadline 29th June

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The Prior Information Notice, signalling the intention to procure National Citizen Service in 2013 is now live. Procurement documentation for NCS 2013 was issued in May. The government is really keen for providers to come together in partnerships and encourage providers to sign up to the partnership building platform. All documents will then be available to download from this site. If you prefer to receive a copy of the tender documentation direct, please email ncs.pilots@education.gsi.gov.uk.

National Citizen Service (NCS) supports the Government’s vision for building a Big Society. It will act as a gateway to the Big Society for many young people by supporting them to develop the skills and attitudes they need to become more engaged with their communities and become active and responsible citizens. NCS will make a positive contribution to local communities, requiring close working with schools, local authorities, businesses and other neighbourhood groups to create a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society.

NCS is a voluntary eight-week summer programme for 16-year-olds that will promote:

• a more cohesive society by mixing participants of different backgrounds
• a more responsible society by supporting the transition into adulthood for young people
• a more engaged society by enabling young people to work together to create social action projects in their local communities.

NCS is a being piloted over two years across England. Thousands of young people took part in the first pilot this summer. In 2012, some 30,000 places will be offered to young people. Following this, the government hopes that NCS will, over time, become a valued rite of passage into adulthood that all 16-year-olds will want to complete.