Green Team training is done on-the-job, with the teams doing real work to make the communities where they operate greener and better. Team members also get additional help and support that reflects their individual needs, such as mentoring, qualifications and guidance.
The majority of trainees are under the age of 25 and many have left school with few, or no qualifications. The hands-on and outdoor nature of the scheme suits many trainees who often tell us that they did not do well in the school classroom. It is also common for trainees to have multiple barriers to getting work, such as mental or physical health issues or other challenges like growing up in care. For this reason team leaders need to be good not only at the teaching the skills for the job but also providing guidance, building a work ethic and confidence and tailoring support to individual trainees.
Green Team is the first step into a career in horticulture for many, but can also be valuable as a stepping-stone onto other things by providing participants with the qualifications or self-belief to get into other work or learning.
Green Teams in your area
Groundwork is helping people into work with Green Team across the UK. Find out more about Green Teams working near you using the links below:
East of England