Target for National Citizen Service participation missed

National Citizen Service: target missed
National Citizen Service: target missed

The government missed its target for participation in the National Citizen Service by more than 22,000 people. The Cabinet Office annual report for the year to the end of March 2015 says that 57,609 young people took part in the 2014 programme, against a target of 80,000. The figure was also short of the minimum level of 60,000 participants set for the NCS Trust, which manages the scheme on behalf of the government. Third Sector reported last year that there were fewer than 40,000 participants in 2013/14, against a target of 50,000. The NCS offers 16 and 17-year-old school-leavers the chance to take part in seven or eight-week projects that include community work and a residential placement.

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