Support from Groundwork
Jess first found support from Groundwork through the Prince’s Trust Programme in Oldham, a personal development course offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, and community projects, all designed to boost young people’s confidence and open the door to work or further training.
From here, Jess then joined the Low Carbon Careers programme in Rochdale, an employment course supporting young people with a career in the green economy. Jess’ work coach discussed a career opportunity at Groundwork Greater Manchester, which was made possible thanks to the Kickstart scheme, a government funded programme designed to help young people develop the skills they need to be at the forefront of a new green economy. After some interview preparation and support, Jess went for the role of Urban Ranger and was successful!
Starting a Career as an Urban Ranger
Jess started her role as an Urban Ranger with Groundwork in September 2021 and a passion for the outdoors resulted in the Landscaping Team being the perfect fit. Jess learnt new practical skills in the role, such as; hard and soft landscaping, block paving, bricklaying, habitat management and competencies in machinery required for landscaping.
Through working on these projects, she learnt to work with volunteers, develop a greater understanding of health and safety within the work place, a good understanding of what any future employer will expect of them, a high standard of work, teamworking, communication, problem solving and organisational skills,
During her time at Groundwork, Jess took part in a major landscaping job at Pitt Street in Oldham which spanned 12 weeks. As an urban renewal project, the work undertaken benefits the local community greatly, providing a productive safe space for families and children.
The community space which Jess helped to build included raised planters, edible vegetables, fruit bearing trees, outdoor seating and reading spaces. Jess worked alongside local residents to create the green space, which will lead to strong, local ownership of the space in the future.
David Moore, Urban Ranger Supervisor added, “During the 6 Months I have worked with Jess on the employment training scheme, Jess has been enthusiastic to learn new skills that will help in her chosen career path. She has been progressing well and has gained confidence and has been a pleasure to work alongside.”
Next steps for Jess
Jess is currently working with Deborah, one of Groundwork’s Employment Coaches, to gain a CSCS green card, a qualification that will help Jess secure permanent work in her chosen field.