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National Citizen Service 'will attract youngsters'

Published: Monday, 26 July 2010   Category: Gap year, volunteering and charities

Young Britons will be attracted to the government's new voluntary work initiative, according to one expert.

Last week, prime minister David Cameron confirmed that the National Citizen Service scheme, which is designed for 10,000 16-year-old school leavers, will commence after next summer's exams.

Responding to the news, Mike Locke, director of public affairs at Volunteering England, explained that the move should give a "complete range" of youngsters the opportunity to get involved.

"It has gone down well with the pilot project and I think it has got the components that will draw young people in," he said.

"It's going to be really important that the young people who go on it do have a good experience and pass the word on via word of mouth and social networking sites."

However, Mr Locke also warned the government that the projects accepted for the scheme must be designed in a way that will appeal to the UK's school leavers.

During his speech to provide details about the National Citizen Service, Mr Cameron praised young Britons for being as "passionate and idealistic as any generation before".ADNFCR-1068-ID-19907735-ADNFCR

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