What is NCS?

Groundwork London is proud to be the largest provider of National Citizen Service (NCS) in London. NCS exists to engage, unite, and empower young people, building their confidence so they can go out there and achieve their dreams, no matter where they are from or what their background is.

Designed specifically for 16- and 17-year-olds, NCS can be a life-changing experience that challenges young people to try new things, pick up new skills and take part in social action as they complete each phase of the programme.

Join NCS Changemakers

If you’re looking for a way to carry on doing good once you’ve been on NCS, joining Changemakers is for you! You’ll be part of a local group designing and delivering social action projects for your community, on subjects that matter to you. As an NCS graduate, you will also have access to workshops and events designed to help you develop key skills and make your CV stand out. Sign up by using the expression of interest form below and we’ll be in touch with more information.

Changemakers Expression of Interest form

NCS Autumn Programmes 2021

Registration for the NCS Autumn Programmes is now open! We will ensure that all young people who express an interest can participate in NCS. However, in some of our autumn programmes, we have fewer places than in previous years, so make sure you sign up early.

Find out more & grab your spot this autumn


I loved all the teamwork exercises and the opportunity to make new friends and cook for ourselves during the second week, that was a laugh.

NCS Graduate 2019

Work with us

The Sessional staff delivering the NCS programme play a vital role in creating a fun and memorable experience for young people. This autumn, we are looking for around 200 staff to work on NCS.

Our seasonal roles provide our staff with the opportunity to give back to their community, enhance their leadership skills, as well as gaining professional experience in youth work. We’re currently recruiting for Team Leaders and Wave Leaders.

Wave Leader 

As the Wave Leader you will play a crucial role in supporting the smooth running of the programme, known as a wave. You will lead and inspire your wave of young people. You will be responsible for delivering curriculum sessions, coordinating programme logistics and compliance measures, safeguarding and pastoral care of young people, and line management of programme staff.

Apply to be a Wave Leader

Team Leader

As a Team Leader, you will be instrumental in creating a safe, positive and life-changing experience for a team of young people throughout the programme, alongside one other Team Leader. You will strengthen your experience in supporting young people’s development on the programme by providing pastoral care, delivering inclusive curriculum sessions and supporting young people in social action or community-centred.

Apply to be a Team Leader

We’re looking for people who are energetic, enthusiastic and passionate about working with young people and supporting the community. If this relates to you, then apply for these roles now!