Schools, work experience and social action
Our focus on young people has grown in the last five years and
we have delivered a number of youth services across the country,
including IAG support in schools, youth development and social
action programmes and work experience matching services.
We ran the Work Experience Programme across the UK, matching
young unemployed people to voluntary work placements. An effective
sourcing and matching process led to a quarter of these young
people finding work immediately following their placement.
National Citizen Service
In Spring 2013 we started delivering the National Citizen
Service in the East of England. In our first year of delivery,
over 3,000 young people from the region took part. This was
achieved through building a high performing supply chain and
utilising links with schools, colleges and regional
Tristan, NCS Graduate
Yes. I wasn't a get up and go person.
You convince yourself you'll get 'on top of things' especially
with your exams surrounding you in a huge mess of revision notes
and energy drinks. But if you're like me you never 'find the time'
around watching Misfits or vines on Facebook.
all about something on your CV, it's not easy either. If you're
more of a "no" person (like I was) then I can understand that you'd
rather hang around at home, play games or go out. Perhaps you want
to do something different this year?
I decided I'd give NCS a shot. I'm glad I did to be quite
Never in my life have I experienced such a
diversity of cultures, races, personalities, values and
On NCS I have met some of the strongest individuals of our age
that I'm sure I'll ever meet. These are young men and women from
across the UK who are willing to step out of the stereotype and
make a difference, learn and improve themselves as human
If you feel unconfident, unhelpful, without purpose, alone, or
even bored: NCS is for you.
I'm not going to tell you every single thing we did. We learned,
we developed, we chose our paths. I raised good money for a cause
close to my heart (www.youngminds.org.uk) and
after all the work we put in over the weeks I made a difference. It
feels amazing. NCS changed me - not just my community.
For me, when I said "yes, why not" I changed my
life. NCS means I can say: "Yes, I am a get up and go person."