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YOUNG people in Portsmouth are set to benefit from a new government initiative.

The National Citizen Service programme will challenge youngsters aged 16 and 17 to develop and deliver a social action project to help make a difference to the community they live in.

Local businesses, charities and organisations can pitch their ideas to the students, who will then decide whether to work with them or come up with their own projects.

This year’s NCS programme – run by Portsmouth Education Business Partnership – is looking to recruit 72 young people to take part.

Tina Hennessy, operations manager at PEBP, said: ‘With more young people competing for university places, apprenticeships and jobs taking part in NCS is a great way of providing young people with the chance to meet with local employers and stand out from the crowd.’ For more information call 01522 842 800.