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UFA Closure

31 March 2021


P3 Charity has made the difficult decision for the University of the First Age (UFA) to exit the delivery of the government’s National Citizen Service (NCS) programme and close.

The 2021 programme, due to be delivered in partnership with Ingeus, Reed and EFL Trust will now be passed back to the three organisations on 1 April 2021.

Sadly, we have concluded the new approach to NCS commissioning poses a considerable risk.

The decision was made after a thorough assessment of the risks associated with the lower contracted number of places for young people and the revised unit prices, as well as the significant financial risk posed by the contractual changes to funding.

Staff and young people’s safety would not be able to be adequately resourced and managed within the new contractual framework. 

We are now managing the TUPE transfer of staff over to Ingeus, Reed and EFL Trust and supporting people through this transition. 

About UFA

UFA has been a valued part of the wider P3 Group since 2018.

Founded over 20 years ago as a national education charity UFA have worked to develop young people’s leadership qualities. Thousands of young people have benefited from the organisation’s educational expertise, deepening their learning on UFA’s NCS programmes and real life projects. The UFA legacy is one of young people being enabled to achieve, to become better learners, to be ready for life and responsible citizens in their wider communities.