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NCS The Challenge


About us


NCS is a three-part programme for 15-17 year olds. It’s perfect for boosting CV experience, personal statements, and UCAS forms. It’s also an unforgettable experience which builds confidence and independence. We run the programme during summer, autumn half term, and autumn term time.


Our Mission


We design and deliver programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others.


The programme is a government-funded initiative that brings together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society. It never costs more than £50, and financial assistance can be requested. The programme’s three parts are:


Phase 1 – Adventure

Socially mixed teams of young people bond through a week of challenging outdoor activities. Residential.

Phase 2 – Skills

Teams return to their local communities to learn new skills and interact with community partners & charities. Residential. rt.

Phase 3&4 – Social Action

Teams design a Social Action Campaign to benefit their local community and pitches it to local business leaders in our NCS Dragon’s Den. They then make the project a reality in their local area.


Our vision


A more integrated society where there is understanding and appreciation of each other’s differences



Career Opportunities


We have a range of roles for every background and level - explore our role categories at http://www.ncsthechallenge.org/staff2018 to find the perfect paid role for you this summer!


Youth Programme Leader, Pastoral care leader, Team Mentor, Workshop facilitator, Public speaking coach, Support worker, Learning & Behaviour Mentor, Mental Health Adviser, Youth Inclusion Mentor, Programme Administrator, Residential Programme Coordinator, Youth Project Manager, Social Action Manager.





London, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, West Midlands, Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire.