13,000 young people to enhance employability skills this summer

Live life! That’s what young people participating in the NCS (National Citizen Service) programme are encouraged to do during their 3 – 4 week journey. The Growth Company and its partners will be welcoming 13,000 young people across the North West to take part and gain essential employability skills for their future. There are still places available for teens aged 16 or 17 to take part in the programme, which runs from June to August 2020.

The young people taking part in NCS, who come from all backgrounds, will have the opportunity to be at the frontline of Greater Manchester’s economic boom, learning more about the world of work through a series of visits to businesses and organisations across their local area. Teams of 16 young people will spend a morning touring a business and meeting with their employees, discovering what the company does and how to get into their industry.

The NCS programme prepares young people for what comes next by developing the life and employability skills and networks needed to aim higher and increase their social mobility. Whatever their next step, NCS equips each young person to take control of their future and their employability.

As a training provider with 30 years’ experience, the Growth Company can provide NCS graduates with access to apprenticeships across a wide variety of sectors, and ultimately, jobs in and around Greater Manchester. The Group is currently supporting National Apprenticeship Week, which this year focuses on ‘looking beyond’ the stigmas and misconceptions which can still exist around a more hands-on approach to learning.

In addition to this, the Growth Company has established a network of Pledge Partners - businesses and organisations across Greater Manchester and the North West who are committed to helping broaden the range of experiences on offer to the region’s young people. A number of these partners will be opening their doors for workplace visits across the summer, including the Transpennine STEM Ambassador Hub at the Science Museum Group, and the engineering consultancy company Atkins. Spending time in a STEM workplace will help young people to understand how the skills they develop during NCS will be valued by future employers and apprenticeship providers.

Holly Jones, the STEM Ambassador Hub Manager for Greater Manchester said: “We are delighted to be partnering with NCS and we are looking forward to working together to inspire futures and provide more opportunities for young people who want to make a difference!”

James Bullen, a STEM Ambassador from Atkins Manchester said: “We are incredibly excited about opening our doors to young people taking part in NCS in the Greater Manchester area. For those of us based in the Manchester office, this means that we can encourage local people into our sector by sharing our exciting and varied work. We can harness local skills and can provide work experience, summer placements and apprenticeships after the NCS programme has been completed. We have over 100 talented apprentices on our scheme each year, working towards nationally recognised qualifications and accreditations. They earn competitive salaries, and start real work from their first day, staying on the cutting edge of technology. It’s great for us, because young people challenge our thinking, help us to solve complicated problems, and hold the skills they learn with us for life.”

For more information, and to sign up to the NCS programme, please visit http://wearencs.com.

For more on the Growth Company and its apprenticeship scheme, please visit http://www.gceducationandskills.ac.uk/