Need to gain some more skills for your CV or UCAS application?

NCS with The Challenge is an intensive, part-residential programme that takes place over 15 days in the summer holidays, followed by 4 social action weekend days in the autumn. There is also a shorter programme in the autumn half term.

The Challenge, the largest provider of National Citizen Service, is a once in a lifetime experience for all 16-17 year olds across London and Surrey. Young people first build important skills through a variety of physical, personal and creative challenges, and then design and deliver a social action project in their local community.

The programme is in 3 parts:

If you are interested in getting involved in this fantastic opportunity please visit NCS the challenge website or contact your local Schools Coordinator, Colleen Mahon, at

NCS with The Challenge pack

National Careers Service - If you require support the National Careers Service offers young people with free confidential 1 to 1 information, advice and support via telephone, email or secure web chat. Visit: or ring 0800 100 900.

National Apprenticeships – Find an apprenticeship.

Step Up to Employment -  Whether you want to return to College, get a job or take on an Apprenticeship, if you are not in education, employment or training, this could be for you! This 12-week programme will help you to step into a career of your choice. This programme will start the week commencing 11 November

LionHeart in the Community -  We offer Apprenticeship schemes in a range of industries, including: Health and Social Care; Business Administration; Customer Services; Sports and Leisure; and Hospitality.

Creative Development Skills -  Creative Development aims to provide support, skills, development and work experience to get you into employment, education and training.

Post 16 Participation reporting

Croydon Council has a legal responsibility to encourage all our young people aged 16 -19 years who are resident in the borough  to participate in  appropriate employment, education or training and report this information to the Department for Education. To ensure that accurate information is held we may contact young people or the  parent/carer of the young person by letter, email or phone. If you are a young person aged 16-19 years old who wishes to update us on your participation status please can you contact us by email: or ring us on 020 8726 7485.