Groundwork London

‘Our Bright Future- Welcome to the Green Economy’ is a 1 million pound project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Over 5 years we will engage with over 1000 young people creating hundreds of training opportunities and jobs in the green economy. There are three strands to the project:


A six month paid work placement in the green economy for young people who face barriers to sustainable employment.
Organisations can host a young person and help support equal access to the green economy labour market:

  • The programme subsidises placements for 26 weeks, 25 hours a week at the minimum wage.
  • Aimed at young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, training or employment.
  • Supports individuals who may have faced barriers to degree level education or may not have the financial backing or confidence to access a traditional internship.
  • An achievement coach provides mentoring and support throughout ensuring the placement is beneficial for both the individual and the organisation.

If you are an organisation who could host a young person, contact Sarah Grimshaw at or call 07889756138


STEM workshops in secondary schools which explore the green economy and green jobs across water, waste, land and energy sectors. If you are a school in London and would like to be involved, contact Arthur Shearlaw at


Vocational training opportunities recruiting young people into accredited training and experience programmes.

Our Bright Future Stories

Read about the experiences of the young people who have taken part in the OBF programme:


Our Bright Future aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today – a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change. Thirty one youth-led projects across the UK are each receiving around £1m of funding to give young people the skills and knowledge to improve their local environments – from reducing marine pollution to minimising food waste. Funding is provided by the National Lottery Community Fund in partnership with The Wildlife Trusts.