In May 2016, Peter Ainsworth, Chair of The Big Lottery Fund UK visited Queen Caroline Estate with Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trust, to meet some of the young people who have been trained by Groundwork to implement and maintain a range of sustainable urban drainage features on both Queen Caroline Estate and Richard Knight House as part of the Urban Climate Proofing project.
Peter Ainsworth joined us to see first hand how Groundwork and the Climate Proofing Housing Landscapes project is supporting young people into jobs in the'green economy' in Hammersmith & Fulham. The visit coincided with the launch of a national £30 million Big Lottery Programme, Our Bright Future. Read Peter's blog article about his visit to Queen Caroline Estate.
Graham Parry, Groundwork’s Director of Youth, Employment & Skills said, “At Groundwork we know that every young person has the potential to succeed, given the support, training and opportunities to take control of their lives and their futures. This initiative will enable us to work with hundreds of young people over the next five years, helping them find out about environmental careers, gain the skills to enter the workforce and succeed in a range of fantastic vocational opportunities in the environmental sector.”
Welcome to the Green Economy, is Groundwork's Our Bright Future project, which aims to engage 700 young people across 70 secondary schools in London and show them how to undertake environmental audits in their schools, they will also learn about the huge range of careers in the green sector. Groundwork will recruit 400 young people onto training and work experience programmes that will provide them with the necessary skills and experience required to progress into jobs in the ‘green economy’.