Key Facts

Citizenship education is about enabling people to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and communities

What is citizenship education? 

Top Tips for Delivery

Everyone can get involved in social action. It has the double benefit of developing young people’s employability skills whilst benefiting their communities. Social action projects should be reflective, challenging, youth-led, socially impactful, progressive and embedded.

Case Study

I would like to commend NCS on its work to help young people to obtain the employability skills that are so important to their futures as employees - skills that employers are saying are needed. I would urge schools and colleges to work with NCS and together we can can help prepare and develop young people for the future.
Brian Lightman, General Secretary, ASCL

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government funded part-residential programme open to all 16 and 17 year olds in England. The programme helps to develop employability skills while engaging young people in their communities. Programmes take place out of term time and cost nothing for schools and colleges to support.

For more information see: NCS

Youth social action (e.g. volunteering, fundraising and campaigning) is a fantastic way for young people to develop confidence, resilience and character; employability skills, which can make a big difference when they’re trying to get a job. It also gives young people the opportunity to make a positive contribution to their local community, society or to a greater cause.
Paul Drechsler CBE, President Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

Link to Research
Tsang. T, Crowley. L, Cominetti. N, Jones. K & Reid. B (2014) LifeSkills - 1st_year_impact_ report; The Work Foundation 
Behavioural Insights Team (2016) Evaluating Youth Social Action 

Funded providers

Careers & Enterprise Fund 2016 grant recipients
Mentoring Fund grant recipients