“Tackling worklessness, particularly in young people is one of our key objectives. The ‘Green Team’ members have the opportunity to gain real employment skills and experience, whilst at the same time delivering work that will benefit RBH tenants and their local communities. That is why this project has our full support.”
Eugene Wilson, RBH Director of Property ServicesGroundwork teamed up with Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH) to develop a programme to address the high number of unemployed young people in the Rochdale borough whilst also tackling unsightly public places. A highly successful Green Team model has been developed – combining employment, training and work experience on green-spaces across Rochdale.
Opportunity for employment The six-month programme provides paid employment to young unemployed Rochdale residents. The aim is to help increase their skills, confidence levels and work experience so they are in a better position to gain full-time employment. Whilst enrolled on the programme participants work to improve public spaces and designated grot spots on land managed by RBH.
Each Green Team has four team members who are supported and mentored by a Groundwork supervisor. Green Team participants gain accredited training and employment support as well as links to local employers to help identify permanent job opportunities. Green Team members complete a number of training courses including; literacy and numeracy, manual handling, health & safety, Entry into Construction and the CSCS training and test.
Transforming individuals, community spaces and housing stockEarly jobs included path clearance, vegetation management and snow clearance around RBH managed properties. As the programme progressed and skill levels increased, more demanding work was completed including fencing and flagging.
Since the start of the programme in November 2009, the Green Teams have completed 167 jobs and removed 593 tonnes of waste, transforming community spaces and housing stock throughout the Rochdale borough. 79 local people have been employed on the scheme, 87% of whom have progressed into employment as a direct result of involvement.
"Green Team is really good as it’s helped me to gain new skills and increased my work experience. Before starting I was unemployed for 12 months and not doing anything. The project in Littleborough is just one of seven I have worked on since I started and it feels good completing projects that benefit people across the borough." Ashley, aged 18 and from Littleborough.
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