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Training Employability

Groundwork Northern Ireland's Green Jobs Team

Our Green Jobs Team offers young people aged 16-24, not in education, employment or training to gain skills in an outdoor environment to help them access jobs in the sector.

Now in its second phase, the Green Jobs Programme has been a big success, with all members participating in Phase 1 gaining skills and accredition - including key skills in core subjects like Maths and English where necessary.

For more information, contact David Mallon on 028 90 749494 or by email at 

Horticulture and 'Grow Your Own' Training

Groundwork NI pffers a range of bespoke training for community groups, schools and local agencies to increase skills in horticulture and to help train local people interested in the concept of 'grow your own' vegetables or fruit.

Our in-house team are experts in both food and crop production and the science of growth so to find out more, please contact us on 028 90 749494.

For more information, contact David Mallon or Heather Boyd on 028 90 749494 or by email to or 

Forest Schools Training

In both greater Belfast and Greater North West, Groundwork staff are engaged in the training of teachers to deliver the Primary School Curriculum in a forest setting.

It is estimated by educationalists that 85% of Northern Ireland's revised curriculum can be delivered in this way, which apart from being a lot of fun, connects the children with nature,  offers living examples of colour palettes, offers opportunities for data collection and helps with mathematics, paricularly aspects like height estimation and circumfrencing.

Den construction is also a highlight, as is nest building and forming 'bug hotels' to help build an understanding of forest wildlife.

To find out more contact Paula Quigley in our Belfast office on 028 90 749494 or by email to