We are harnessing the strength of the next generation to find, face and take on the toughest challenges, with paid employment to serve the UK’s local communities wherever the needs are greatest.

For the post pandemic generation

Although younger people have been the least at risk of the virus, they are now the most at risk economically. And even with their present and future on hold, they have shown resilience and energy that inspired the formation of UK Year of Service.

Turning passion into action
UK Year of Service offers a way to put your skills and beliefs to work, making a difference to communities across the country: it’s paid work that pays back.


Apply for a placement that inspires you

UK Year of Service offers a range of projects doing different kinds of work. We aim to match you and your skills to projects that inspire you and you can contribute to the most.

Each project is developed by one of our Placement Partners, where you will be fully employed as a UK Year of Service member for the duration.

Receive meaningful employment
Once you’re matched with a programme, you’ll receive a salary of £14,000 - £19,000 annual equivalent to the time you spend in service. Projects currently average 9 to 11 months in length, with 30-35 hours work a week. This includes up to 5 hours of weekly training and other boosts to your CV.

Be part of something bigger

As part of a national UK Year of Service task force, you will be helping rebuild and strengthen communities where the needs are greatest. The UK Year of Service network will support you every step of the way and beyond. “I did my UK Year of Service” says to future employers that you’ve shown resilience and commitment to serve yourself by serving others, highlighting your skills and values.

Paid work that pays back
The pandemic has turned the world upside down, impacting different communities in different ways. They all need help.

UK Year of Service is delivered in close partnership with providers across the country to identify the tasks that need our urgent support.

We close gaps by connecting people to projects where our most difficult challenges can be solved. UK Year of Service brings these individuals and projects together as a national network, building back better and providing a critical stepping stone towards future careers.

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Our future, your UK Year of Service

Our aim is to place thousands of people into projects across the country as part of UK Year of Service, creating meaningful work that speaks to the dedication of those who serve, partner with and support us.
Join UK year of service and benefit from meaningful, paid employment helping communities where the needs are the most urgent. Employees of UK Year of Service serve organisations, projects and initiatives that rebuild and strengthen communities across our nation.
We are a national collaborator to providers, projects, charities and initiatives across the country in need of resources. If you feel you can contribute to UK Year of Service’s impact whilst offering meaningful employment to the next generation, we’d love to hear from you.
With the challenges ahead for the next generation, UK Year of Service is committed to identifying the places and people that can make the most difference. See FAQ for more details on how partners can become involved.
Let's get you and the UK working, as one
As we face what’s next, people across the country are stepping up to make a difference. You can make a difference, too.

UK Placement Partners

Alongside our unique, dedicated and exceptional Placement Partners, UK Year of Service would like to thank NCS Trust RCb for being our national partner, providing training across placements, recruitment support and operational leadership.

Our next grant round for Placement Partners is now open, with submissions due by the 2nd of August. If you're interested, please contact partners@ukyear.com for more information.

Placement projects

For now, placements are currently available only in England and we expect to expand UK wide later this year.

UK Year of Service is committed to identifying and connecting the projects, places and people where the most difference can be made. Our placements cover three critical needs to build back better: Healthcare, Public Services and Environment. Activities cover everything from disaster recovery, missed education, conservation and green energy.

The list of projects includes, but is not limited to the following areas of focus.
NHS Vaccinator - administer Covid vaccines and promote their take up.
Social Prescribing Navigator - help people to connect with local services to improve their health and wellbeing.
Public services
Emergency Response Assistant help the UK to prepare, respond and recover from emergencies ranging from natural disasters and fires to pandemics. Work with volunteers to help those most vulnerable in a crisis.
Public services
School Service Leaders – work with those pupils who need the most support to catch up on missed schooling due to the pandemic, and manage a team of volunteers.
Green Projects Internwork across a range of environmental projects, tackle climate change through energy use reduction, restore natural habitats and reduce waste.
Environmental Summit Engagement Researcher help local organisations to engage with communities on environmental topics and support in the organisation of an environmental festival.
What do we mean by ‘service’?
We use the word ‘service’ to mean doing something important. UK Year of Service is about individuals serving through paid employment, whilst supporting something bigger than ourselves, helping communities to address their real and urgent needs.
How do I apply to UK Year of Service?
Click “Apply Now” anywhere on this site, where you will be directed to an application form hosted by our national partner, NCS Trust RCb. Fill in your details as requested and you will receive an email with a response that will outline the next steps. We have a limited number of places for Summer 2021 but will do our best to respond to you as quickly as possible. Thank you!
What does UK Year of Service pay?
Being a UK Year of Service member pays £8.91 per hour, or £10.26 if you are based in London. Most projects offer 30-35 hours a week employment. An annual equivalent would therefore range from £14,000-£19,000.
What type of work will I be doing?
Work varies depending on the project. You could be helping students catch up on teaching missed because of lockdowns, or getting your hands dirty restoring an at-risk ecosystem, or even in a football stadium administering vaccinations.There’s no typical day in the UK Year of Service! Have a look at the Placement Projects area of our site to get a feel for what’s available.
Who are UK Year of Service?
UK Year of Service is a national programme launched in Summer 2021 after the pandemic to help the next generation and communities with urgent needs. Currently in its first year, UK Year of Service offers meaningful work opportunities supporting efforts across the country: paid work that pays back. It is delivered through a number of national and local Placement Partners that place our UK Year of Service members into projects where needs are greatest.
What age do I need to be to take part in UK Year of Service?
UK Year of Service is open to anyone aged from 18 to 24 by 31 August 2021.
What happens once I've signed up?
Once you’ve clicked “Apply Now” and completed a sign up form, you will receive an email confirming further instructions. Please note that applications officially open from Friday 18th June 2021 and are handled by our national partner, NCS Trust RCb. At any time if you have any questions regarding your application please email futuremakers@ncstrust.org.uk
I have a disability, can I still take part?
Yes. Placement Partners will do everything they can to ensure that you have a positive UK Year of Service experience. Let them know during the recruitment process if you require any adjustments to be made.
What adjustments can be made for my additional needs?
Adjustments made will always respond to the individual. This might include (but isn’t limited to) physical spaces, level and type of staffing support, equipment and activities.
How are you keeping everyone safe with regards to Covid-19?
All Placement Partners will be following the latest government guidance on managing activities and spaces with respect to COVID-19. That means you'll be in offices, venues and spaces that abide with the current social distancing guidelines, or working remotely in some instances. The Placement Partners will be able to provide you with more information as you progress through the application process.
How is UK Year of Service being funded?
UK Year of Service has been launched using residual funding from the NCS Trust Community Interest Company (NCS CIC) - the organisation that was responsible for delivering the National Citizen Service programme until 2018. This role was then taken up by the NCS Trust Royal Charter Body (NCS RCb) created by the passage of the NCS Act. While most assets were transferred from NCS CIC to NCS RCb at this time, NCS CIC retained some funds which were not provided by the taxpayer. The NCS CIC is now responsible for deploying these funds in ways which support the NCS programme and the aims it was founded to address. NCS CIC is, however, independent from NCS RCb.
How can my organisation become involved with UK Year of Service?
We are expecting to do an open call for Placement Partners later in the year.Charities, initiatives, projects and companies that can offer meaningful work to UK Year of Service members and help the UK build back better are encouraged to get in touch through partners@ukyear.com.
When will the placements start?
Placements will begin in August-October 2021. Exact start dates vary by project and Placement Partner.
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