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10,000 UK teens to become volunteers in National Citizen Service

David Cameron is due to announce that 10,000 school leavers will be able to take part in a summer volunteering programme from next year.

The Prime Minister will flesh out his plans for a National Citizen Service with details of the first wave of schemes to take place between June and September 2011.

Placements, mainly with charities and social enterprises, will last about seven or eight weeks and are targeted at 16-year-olds after the completion of their GCSE exams.

Mr Cameron has put the plans at the heart of his "Big Society" agenda, designed to encourage people to be more civic-minded.

He has said in the past that all school leavers should take part in the scheme, learning about their "duties and responsibilities" and keeping off street corners.

The idea was endorsed during the general election campaign by veteran actor Sir Michael Caine.

Previous estimates of the cost have put the 2011 pilots at about £13 million.


From Belfast Telegraph