Green Skills is the shorter of our employment and skills courses. It is a motivational project that is often a final stepping stone into employment and offers a taster of the construction and landscaping industries.

Course structure

Green Skills is a three to six week course for people aged 19 to 65. Small groups of 10-15 learners, supervised by qualified Groundwork staff, carry out a practical landscape improvement project, and typically work towards either a CSCS card or units towards a Level 1 City & Guilds qualification in Land Based Studies, Practical Horticulture or Employability Skills and Personal Development.

Green Skills can also include CV writing and training on interview skills, culminating in a mock interview conducted by local employers.

Professional project results and local community benefits

The landscape improvement projects benefit the local community on a site that is used by local residents. Work includes creation of raised planting beds, minor fencing and surfacing works, and clearance of vegetation and of small structures.

Projects in your local area

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Current courses

Volunteer stories

“I have enjoyed the course and being outside gardening and met nice people, I gained more skills.”

“I have improved my knowledge and gained experience throughout the course. I have now got something else to add to my CV. I also have more knowledge about interviews and what I could improve on within the industry and interviews.”

“The course was well presented and executed and the trainers were competent and skilled as well as being very encouraging.”

Green Skills

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