As a national youth programme, over 150 partner organisations come together to form the NCS network. Learn by Design has worked with NCS since 2009, delivering the life-changing experience for young people. Regions of delivery now include; the North East, York and Humber, South West, London, East Anglia, the Midlands, South East and The North West. To date, we have worked with thousands of teenagers, helping them to realise their potential and smash their future goals.


Designed for 16-17 year olds, NCS is a youth programme that runs every summer and
autumn, during school holidays.

The experience is all about emboldening young people, by giving them the buzz of being an adult (without all the responsibilities). On NCS, participants live away from home and get a taste for independence. They mix with a new crowd of people and take on exciting challenges together. The experience helps young people to develop skills that will set them up for life after school.

Participants then get a chance to use these new-found skills, by tackling a passion project of their choosing. NCS is dedicated to providing a platform for young people where they can speak up, get their voice heard and tackle real-world issues close to home.

The experience might last just a few weeks, but the impact? That lasts a lot longer.

Since day one, in 2011, nearly 600,000 young people have taken part in NCS, completing over 14.5 million hours of community action, and gaining priceless life experiences.

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over to their site.

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Phase 1

In your first week, you’ll live away from home and nurture your adventurous side. Whether you take on the high ropes, wild waves, or scale a wall, one thing we can guarantee is, by Friday night you’ll feel fearless (and pretty worn out)! Don’t worry, you’ll have the weekend back home to catch your breath.

Phase 2

Next up? Enjoy another five days away from home with your new-found mates. Get a crash course in adulting and pick up skills to set you up for life.

By the time you’re done, you’ll be speaking to a room full of people without freezing up and know a whole load more about what you want from life after school.

Phase 3

Fuelled by your first two weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to use your voice and have a lasting impact. Want to see a change in your community? Countrywide? Or even globally? This is your chance to deliver an impressive ‘passion project’ – we can’t wait to see what you and your teammates achieve!

Phase 4

Ok, so this is a VIPOYE (Very Important Part Of Your Experience), naturally. By this point, you’ll have achieved A LOT. Now it’s time to be recognised. You’ve got to go out with a bang, right?


NCS takes place outside of term time, so no matter what your commitments are or what your summer holiday plans might be, just book your place and we'll get you on the next available NCS spot. 


Learn by Design is proud to work with NCS across the UK. As a provider, our NCS staff are all DBS checked and are trained to work with young people. The programme is risk assessed and regularly quality assured. 

Once you have secured your spot, Learn by Design will contact you to discuss things further and to answer any questions you may have about NCS or the programme.

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Work with our NCSers and help them connect with their local community. 

We're eager for local organisations to partner with our young people for their Social Action Projects, providing an enriching experience whilst promoting and raising awareness for your charity! These valuable experiences enable young people to learn a wealth of skills and knowledge along with feeling proud about giving back. Learn by Design aim to build relationships with broader voluntary, community and social enterprises to maximise opportunities for young people.