NCST Skills4Life for 16-17 year olds

Just £95pp + VAT, or fully funded via bursary places*, with transport included.

Take a look at our life skills-based residential, with powerful, long-lasting benefits

We developed the Skills4Life programme with National Citizen Service specifically for 16-17 year olds negatively affected by the pandemic. This 5-day, 4-night activity programme designed to support those in further and higher education on their journey into adulthood. Choose from of 11 amazing locations across the UK, from Devon to Northumberland.

Thanks to NCS funding, we can offer this adventure residential for just £95pp + VAT, which includes meals, pastoral care and transport!

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Built around real-world outcomes and based on the four key 21st century skills of creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking, these vital skill sets help build confidence and resilience, setting learners apart when making their future choices:

• Creativity - embracing inner strengths, looking at problems from different angles
• Collaboration - working and negotiating with others, deciding on the best course of action
• Communication - conveying information appropriately and in ways that can be understood
• Critical thinking - asking questions and being engaged in the wider world

Each day offers a new challenge, with opportunities to develop vital skills with three core modules:

For Love or Money: Participating in debate and dialogue around issues that matter to them and their local areas, allowing them the ability to adapt how they are perceived during public speaking as well as honing their abilities to listen, present ideas, and ideate entrepreneurial solutions.

Food for Thought: Using a range of resilience-building bush craft skills, Food for Thought challenges young people to prepare and share a meal together. Each team will be given a budget and a selection of resources. Designed to challenge a broad range of skills, working together towards a valuable shared goal.

Epic Challenge: Taking place on the final full day of their adventure, the Epic Challenge sees the young people work in teams to compete against each other through various tasks to win points in their bid to become champions! A series of outdoor challenges are set out across the adventure centre, allowing the teams to bond and engage together as they tackle and harness the skills they have built throughout their trip.

Sample timetable for a 4-night, 5-day Skills4Life residential programme

A renowned academic in Psychology and Adventure Education, Dr Allan’s publications include a five-year project evaluating the impact of adventure residential experiences upon the resilience of thousands of young people. Skills4Life focusses on skills-based learning and teambuilding modules interspersed with a range of thrilling adventure challenges and is Skills Builder Level 3 accredited.

Our latest report from Dr. John Allan on student's experience post-participation in Skills4Life

Feedback from students and teachers to date has been overwhelmingly positive. Commonly reported outcomes include a better understanding of personal strengths, feeling more confident in self-expression, enhanced social skills, improved wellbeing and a better understanding of the needs of others. Those aged 16+ in particular, reported a better sense of their own employability skills and felt better placed and more confident in setting themselves apart from others when applying for higher education or job applications.

"Honestly I can't rave on about it enough. Everything was so well organised, the activities were so much fun and pushed everyone out of their comfort zones, the staff were so brilliant the venue was perfect, and every single student has made memories and learnt skills that they will take with them through their entire life. I have been a teacher for 14 years and organised numerous trips, and this was by far the best one yet! I know they will all take so much away from this experience. I honestly cannot talk about the residential enough!" - Leila Molloy (Open Academy), Overstrand Hall

Powered by Skills Builder

Skills Builder Partnership is a global movement of employers, educators, and impact organisations working together to ensure that one day, everyone builds the essential skills to succeed.

The Skills Builder Universal Framework is a transformative approach to building the essential skills of individuals throughout their lives, in education and employment.

Powered by 800 leading organisations across education and employment, the Framework has now been backed by the UK government in statutory guidance. The Partnership now has a touchpoint with 75% of UK secondary schools and colleges, as well as being adopted by a growing range of businesses.

The Skills4Life programme has been awarded a Level 3 Impact Award.

Get outside, get active, and get ready for your next adventure!

We include pastoral care on this programme, but recommend you bring staff members, representatives or group leaders with you on your trip to embed learning and understand the full benefits of the programme.

Skills4Life FE is built for 16-17 year olds, Year 11 and 12 students from all schools, colleges, youth groups and pupil referral units, also 16 and 17 year olds not in education, and 16 - 25 year olds for people with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities.

*Bursary places are available if young people are care experienced (A young person can be considered 'care experienced', if at any point in their life, they have; lived with foster carers - lived in a residential children's home-have been looked after at home under a supervision order - lived with friends or relatives in kinship care - either through a formal arrangement (e.g. Special Guardianship order) or an informal arrangement without local authority support.). They are currently eligible for Free School Meals, they have an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP), they are Young Carers, or they live in a household eligible for Universal credit or Working Tax Credits.