Groundwork is a partner of NCS working together to support the needs of the community.

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The initiative offered paid, meaningful employment serving the UK’s communities where the need is greatest – it connected individuals with organisations to help tackle their toughest challenges.

Groundwork worked with young people aged 18-24 through the ‘Green Projects’ initiative – an internship which provided high quality paid placements for young people in community-facing environmental roles across Groundwork. These roles supported a green and fair recovery in areas most affected by the pandemic, building competencies around environmental awareness and community development, whilst responding to local needs.

Each young person was employed for 30-35 hours a week over nine to twelve month placements, based within an experienced Groundwork Trust delivery team embedded in the local community. A bespoke national training programme laid the foundations for careers in community based environmental action, with modules focusing on sustainability, carbon literacy and community development. This was supplemented by role-specific training and career progression support.

The programme delivered between June 2021 and September 2023.

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