Make use of your summer

Bethany Grant PNL-150408-100123001

Bethany Grant PNL-150408-100123001

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A 17-year-old student is calling on other teenagers to use their summer holidays wisely to develop life skills not included in the national curriculum.

Following news that young people were planning to spend 84 hours lying in, 75 hours watching Netflix and 44 hours taking selfies this summer, Bethany Grant is urging teens to put down their phones and seize the opportunity the summer brings.

Her call to action comes after her own life-changing experience on a National Citizen Service (NCS) programme last year, designed to offer 16 and 17 -year-olds a fun way to learn skills for work and life.

A national study among secondary school teachers has revealed that students who have tried something new during the school holidays have a more positive attitude and are more focusedthan their peers on returning to school.

The NCS summer programme includes 30 hours that the students commit to a community project, which involves building their employability and having fun at the same time. The project is recognised by UCAS and helps students frame their skills and experiences for interviews and university applications.

Bethany, from Caldecotte, said, “Before signing up to the programme, I was worried about how I was going to fill the long summer holidays. So when I heard about the programme from school I thought it would be great chance to grow my CV and keep myself busy.

“Not only did I feel more confident about my abilities, I met some amazing people and really did have the best summer of my life.

“I still carry that confidence with me a year after taking part in the programme and would encourage others to get up and do something constructive with their summer.”

See www.ncsthechallenge.org/summer-programme