NCS: The JourneyOn September 1, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Welcome guys to the NCS journey, where over the
next few minutes you guys are going to be learning more about the three main stages of NCS.
We’re gonna be covering adventure, skills and make a difference. It really is an
incredible journey so come along, learn some new stuff, it’s going to be awesome. First off is adventuring where you can come to a center just like this, have a load of
fun and that’s what I’m going to be doing today, in the beautiful lake district. I’m going to be here meeting up with Joe, an NCS graduate learning more and having a chat with him. But, first of all take a look at this beautiful view. Joe, now you graduated from NCS back in 2013 and
I’m here to learn more about the adventuring side of NCS, so what goes on here? So we’ve got loads going on in the programme at the moment some of the things we’re going to be getting up to this week is, canoeing, we’re going to be doing expeditions, we’re going to be wall climbing. General team building games. It’s a lot of fun, it really is. Sweet, so shall we go and check it out? Yeah! Let’s go. So why do these guys go ahead and do all this stuff on the first week of NCS? None of these guys know each other before the Monday and this really gets the team together. They’re learning things like team building, leadership, communication. All these soft skills really come into play in week two and three. Once you’ve graduated from NCS what sort of life skills can you take away from that experience and apply into your everyday life? Beforehand, I was a life guard and didn’t really do much, but when I got back to work I really wanted to push myself a little bit further. So i’m now a swim teacher and i’m also working up the ranks to be a duty manager as well. I wouldn’t have been able to get there if it weren’t for NCS. Right, so what is going on here Joe, what’s this all about? This is the crate stacking challenge. So what they’ve got to do, is build a tower with the crates they’ve got and these guys are doing pretty well, they’re quite high up. Oh look at that, they have to use poles to get it up there! There we go! This is all about the NCS motto. Saying yes and giving something new a go. So… i’m going to jump straight into it man! Give it a go. Yep, let’s do it. You’ve got this man! You’ve got this! Nice! Look at that. You’ve only got 30 seconds. How’s it hanging Ali? Apart from the fact i’m spinning in circles, it’s good. We got high, I think we did a good job, I’m happy. That is phase one complete of the NCS programme. What’s up next? Phase two is all about skills and how NCS can help out you guys. We’ve got Suli Breaks ready to help us find out more, let’s see what he’s up to and jump into it. Phase two of the NCS programme is all about learning vital skills that will help you get on in life. They’re the sort of skills that employers and universities want to look out for. They’re all about giving you the best possible start and opening you up to new opportunities to ensure that you have a bright future. I’m on a programme here in Nottingham, and i’m here with Dan. An NCS graduate, to help you find out more. So you was here in 2013, right? Yeah, yeah. So, can you tell me a bit more about what happened on the skills stage of the programme? Phase two is their real first opportunity to develop a sense of independent living. Usually they’ll stay in a university, so it’s an environment where they’re pushed to look after themselves. and develop new skills in lots of the session that are due throughout the week. So usually you get CV writing sessions. Someone might come in and give a presentation on money management. Teach them how to budget. Really, really useful life skills but they also do lots of fun activities as well, it’s a really enjoyable week. But also it pushes them and challenges them in different ways, they get on much more as a team. Cool man, so I heard that we’re going to do an activity today. Let’s go there man i’m ready! Right guys, we’ve got five minutes to build the tallest tower you can. Just using newspaper and sellotape. But the catch is, you can’t talk. Let’s see what we’ve got What has happened here? That was a really good first attempt but it was silent, so there was a lack of communication and I think you struggled because of that so we’re gunna try it again this time but you can talk and share ideas So let’s see what happens. Let’s go! So what do you think is, like, the most important thing that you’ve learned from NCS? For me, confidence that I gained to be able to stand up and do public speaking I’ve gone off and done some workshops at Birmingham Skill show 24,000 people a day come in, so… a bit daunting But it really helped me in that way, as well. What are you up to now since you finished the programme? I’ve gone on to apply for lots of jobs and
go in for lots of interviews, which things like CV writing has been really useful for and I’ve now got an internship at a big cabinet office in September – Congratulations!
– Yeah, yeah, it’s massive And I’m really pleased about it I never would’ve… have the confidence to go into that interview, if I hadn’t done NCS Cool man, anyway,
I’ll finish distracting you, so we can win Stop building your towers now Ooooh How close is that! Right, lets call it: it’s a draw. It’s a draw, alright? – It’s been a pleasure, have fun man, see you guys
– Brilliant, good to see you Have a great programme, take care [laughing] So that’s phase two done, but the skills you learn will help you for the rest of your life no matter what you go on to do Phase three is about giving a little back to your community, and Emily Victoria has all the details on that Phase three of the NCS programme is all about taking the skills you learned in phases one and phase two, and putting them into practice.
It’s all about making a difference, which is why I’m here in Folkstone today to meet NCS grad Jess, we’re gunna learn all about the social action project: what it is and why you should bother! – Jess, hi, so good to meet you!
– Hi, nice to see you So, I’m really happy to be here today, you did NCS in 2013, was it? – Yeah So can you tell us a bit about the third phase? So the third phase is a social action project, so it’s like where the phase one and phase two… everything you’ve learnt comes together to create a community project Okay… NCS in general helps bring people out of their comfort zone, so when you get to phase three people are doing things that they never believed that they would So obviously you’ve graduated NCS now, how do you say phase three has helped you in your life? Well phase three has really made NCS graduates aware of the social issues that surround young people and generally the world. And it’s been really cool because us taking a lot of interest to politics… which I never even thought I would before, I just assumed it was boring, but, now I’ve been to Parliament and Downing Street, and it’s been really cool working with my local MP It wouldn’t have happened unless I was originally put out of my comfort zone in 2013 in the summer and all of this has happened since… – And it was all down to NCS
– all down to NCS! So what’s going on here today? There’s actually a social action project happening as we speak, it’s intergenerational – That’s awesome, should we go find out what’s going on? So what are you doing in the care home? We’re going in and we’re tryna, like, give them activities and things like that, promote a better quality of life for them. And we’re tryna break down the barriers between the young and the old people Yeah, so you’re learning a dance and you’re going to perform it in the care home? – Yeah
– Ah that’s amazing, can I have a go? – Yeah
– I’d love to! And what would you say you’re getting out of doing this? We’re like building our teamwork skills and getting confidence and skills for the future, [cheering] So that’s it, the third phase of the NCS programme done! Make sure you get involved because
you really can make a difference not only that there’s so many other opportunities available for you once you’ve done NCS not least being your graduation ceremony