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Improving people's prospects

We are passionate about helping local people to improve their life prospects. We support young people and adults within their communities to improve their health, wellbeing, confidence and skills, as well as their outlook on life. We also help people to improve their employment prospects, building their resilience and skills in order to secure and sustain employment.

Our greatest focus is on the needs of the individual - helping them to overcome barriers and fulfil their potential. Where possible, we link personal development with community development – delivering projects that support local groups; bring different ages together; and increase pride, wellbeing and community resilience.

Starting with young people of school age, we offer extra support to those individuals at risk of becoming classed as NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Our aim is to increase attainment and attendance, whilst raising their aspirations for life after school. We are also able to support schools to expand their vocational training offers by supplementing classroom-based learning with our hands-on experiences in our construction workshops.

We offer a number of programmes focused on young people aged 16-25. This includes 1 to 1 advice and mentoring, as well as specially designed projects such as the Groundwork Prince’s Trust Team programme and Talent Match. We have been delivering construction training and qualifications (including traineeships) from our dedicated, in-door construction training area at our Oldham headquarters for over 15 years; we also have a wealth of experience in training young people and adults in construction skills.

For adults, we offer training and voluntary opportunities that get people active, develop new skills and encourage local people to meet others from their community. Our projects often encourage people to grow their own food and get closer to the natural environment – both proven mechanisms to deliver health and wellbeing outcomes.

We hold the Matrix standard for Information, Advice and Guidance. We aim to give all learners and potential learners impartial and accurate information, advice and guidance that helps them to make their own decisions about their learning and progression. Before you join our programme we explain what the programme involves, any financial help you can get (eg travel expenses paid), what your responsibilities will be and what you can expect to get out of it. Whilst you are with us we will provide information, advice and guidance to help you get the most out of the programme and to progress to something suitable afterwards (eg training or work). Where appropriate, and with your agreement, we will involve partner organisations to support you with this.

Many of our programmes are delivered with funding from the Eureopean Social Fund.