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Groundwork North Wales Traineeships

Find out more about our current Traineeship Opportunites here: http://www.groundworknorthwales.org.uk/jobs-volunteering/groundwork-traineeships.aspx 

Groundwork North Wales has delivered six phases of the Green Team Traineeship Programme. The programme provides opportunities for young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, employment or training to take part in a 12-week practical traineeship programme. The young people on the programme learn training and employability skills and get work experience delivering local community projects.

6 PHASESE OF GREEN TEAM TO DATE: 

  • 101 young people participated
  • 271 qualifications gained across the six phases
  • Qualifications achieved in First Aid, Health & Safety, Lantra Strimmer, Food Hygiene and OCN's in Maintaining the Environment and Career Planning
  • 51 out of the 101 participants achieved positive progression (50% in total)
  • 35 young people started in employment - up to end of phase six
  • 11 young people went back to education/training, three young people continuing to volunteer, four completing work placements and registered with agencies 
  • 27 environmental projects completed in Shotton, Garden City, Queensferry, Conah's Quay and Aston

Participant Callum Hough said, "They have helped me build up my self-belief and leadership skills so I can be confident applying for jobs. I have made some great friends and the staff are really friendly and approachable. I am gutted the course is ending but I am looking forward to the future."

The previous 21 projects regenerated and refreshed community spaces around Deeside which included planting, hedging, fencing, completing raised beds, space clearance and general maintenance. 

MANLEY COURT, SHOTTON.

The Green Team enhanced the gardens surrounding Manley Court Residential Home.  Weeds and overgrowth were removed, the site cleared, planting was pruned and reshaped, weed suppressant and bark chip was laid. The area is now a tidy attractive space all the residents can enjoy.

WEPRE RIVERSIDE CYCLE PATH.

The Green Team helped create a new cycle path through a previously abandoned woodland area/former railway track that connects the coastal path to Shotton Town via the Railway Station.  The site was cleared and  new barriers were created using the brash on the site. The path now offers useful access for cyclists in the area.

WEPRE RIVERSIDE CYCLE PATH.

The Green Team helped create a new cycle path through a previously abandoned woodland area/former railway track that connects the coastal path to Shotton Town via the Railway Station.  The site was cleared and  new barriers were created using the brash on the site. The path now offers useful access for cyclists in the area.

HIGH STREET CONNAHS QUAY.

Working with FCC Street Scene Department, the project in Connah's Quay improved an area that had become associated with anti-social behaviour, with vast amounts of litter collecting within the plants and bushes.  The area was cleared and prepared for reseeding, all overgrown vegetation removed and then re seeded. The results are a clear and clean area noticeably much clearer from litter.

For further information please contact  Lorna Crawshaw Employment & Skills Manager,Groundwork North Wales on  01978 269561

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Aaron McLeod, Green Team Participant [Case Study]:

Aaron Mcleod was referred to the Green Team by Mold Job Centre Plus in Flintshire. Aaron has a diagnosed learning disability and  autism and needed additional support. When he first started with Green Team,  his confidence levels were  very low mostly due to experiencing many unsuccessful job applications and interviews.

Aaron really excelled  within Green Team, he responded positively to careful nurturing within a practical environment, where he felt no pressure and was able to gain new skills and build confidence. Whilst being part of a team he worked effectively both outdoors and within a larger group and he acquired a wide range of employability skills including; practicing and delivering presentations, completing professional application forms, undertaking interviews with local employers, personally compiling a cv  and undertaking effective communications training. He gained a level 2 in Health and Safety training, a First Aid qualification  and gained OCN credits in Career Planning, Maintaining the Local Environment and a practical Strimming Operational certificate           

After Aaron completed Green Team he attended a 2 week placement with Chevron Driver Training to aquire useful  employability skills. He applied and was successful in becoming a Green Team Mentor, where he helped future Green Team participants complete their own qualifications and achievments and  subsequently he gained an OCN level 1 in Mentoring.

Aaron has recently attended an interview at Primark in Broughton Flintshire where he was successful and has now started a new job which he is really enjoying.

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