Daniel is a trainee with Groundwork’s Green Jobs Team in Derry/Londonderry, which helps young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, employment or training gain horticulture and work skills at community sites across Northern Ireland.
“I’ve been unemployed for the past two years and volunteering at a local resource centre. Being unemployed is really tough – it’s hard to get out of bed in the morning when you have nothing to do – it affects your self-worth."
“My dad heard of the Green Jobs Team through his friends and sent me up to find out about it. It’s got me doing stuff again. I’ve done a chainsaw course and I know how to fix a lawn mower and other equipment and I’ve got five qualifications so far, which makes me more employable."
“It’s great to be part of the team – I think I’ve really found what I want to do. It’s given me back my self-worth. I’m hoping to stay on with the Green Jobs Team for a while then I’m planning to get a few jobs and gather up some money to get a van and start my own business."
“I have really found my niche – it’s made me realise I am ambitious and has lit a fire in my belly.”