Apprentice pilot scheme welcomed

A PILOT scheme for 16-year-olds to help in their communities has been welcomed by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd.

The National Citizen Service Pilot Scheme starts with this summer and will offer youngsters the chance to stay away from home for two weeks, taking part in a packed schedule of activities, followed by a three to four week community scheme in their area.

Mr Lloyd said, “I am a great believer in encouraging young people to get involved in their local community.

“I am sure this national pilot scheme will be a real success. As this scheme grows more young people will have the opportunity to get involved in activities away from home, and then to make a positive impact in their local communities.”

The Government is piloting the scheme for two years and any young people interested in finding out more about the scheme can do so by visiting www.direct.gov.uk/nationalcitizenservice

Mr Lloyd added, “I urge young people in Eastbourne to consider getting involved with the National Citizen Service.

“There may still be places available for 2011, and there will be 30,000 places available nationally next summer. It could be a life changing experience.”

There will also be an opportunity for National Citizen Service graduates to take part in International Citizen Service, undertaking valuable voluntary service in developing countries.