NCB Skills Development Programme
NCB’s Skills Development Programme (SDP) creates ‘on the job’ learning opportunities for young people within community and voluntary sector organisations.
Previously unemployed young people aged between 18 and 24 will gain valuable skills and experience in paid job placements,
This programme will improve the diversity of the workforce within the community and voluntary sector and facilitate change through young people’s participation in their local communities.
The young people will be supported by NCB throughout the programme, and beyond, with a comprehensive induction, tailored learning plans, mentoring, and support to secure permanent employment.
Young People Testimonials
Here is what some of the young people involved in thwe Skills Development Programme had to say about it.
A participant of the SDP, who is working as a communications apprentice, echoes the experience of many graduates attempting to find work after finishing a degree. “I came out of a degree expecting employment, but due to the economical circumstances I found it very frustrating trying to gain an employment opportunity”.
"The SDP has given me an opportunity to gain crucial experience after a long and demoralising period without work. Due to the current job climate entry level jobs are impossible to find and therefore the options after university are limited. The SDP programme gave young people like myself support and encouragement, building up my confidence and providing me with enjoyable and engaging employment. The skills and experiences gained helped me successfully apply for a job at Play England and I am now on the first rung of the career ladder!"
Afsheen was placed by SDP at the National Deaf Children’s Society as a helpline assistant and feels the programme has allowed her to acknowledge her strengths and weaknesses. “SDP has given me an opportunity to explore myself and recognise the skills I have, and those which I need to develop in order to make me more employable in the world of work”.