Throughout 2021 Groundwork Greater Manchester will be running a number of employment courses in Rochdale, Manchester and Trafford for young people looking to start their career in the green economy.

Unemployed young people between the ages of 18 and 25 will choose from 3 green economy topics; the natural environment, waste and recycling and an introduction to retrofitting. Each young person will undertake 3-4 weeks of classroom based learning followed by a 2 week work placement and support into employment by our dedicated employment coaches.

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Routeways into the green economy

Participants on the Low Carbon Careers course can chose from three areas of the green economy to learn more about:

1.Natural Environment

Working in partnership with the Environment Agency and City of Trees, this course provides an introduction to careers within natural environment sector which encompass nature restoration, river and flood risk management, landscaping and grounds maintenance, nature based solutions and green technology.

Participants will develop site based practical skills such as tree planting, habitat management and invasive species control and obtain qualifications in Health and Safety in Construction Environment, their CSCS card and job specific licences.

2. Waste & recycling

Working in partnership with Suez, this course introduces participants to jobs and apprenticeships within the waste and recycling sector, including processing domestic and business waste, recycling and re-use initiatives, specialist processors, logistics, office based and education roles.

Participants will attend workshop sessions that cover legal requirements and targets, hierarchy of waste, waste minimisation and recycling. Plus they will participate in site visits to different recycling and recovery facilities.

In addition to this participants will gain accredited health and safety training including COSHH, manual handling and health and hygiene.

3. Retrofitting

This course will cover sustainable construction practises and retrofitting, GM and social housing priorities, alignment with construction trades and apprenticeships and energy efficiency advice.

Participants will attend workshop sessions that cover basic trade skills such as measuring out, assessing quantities, tool handling and cutting; skills relating to draft proofing, insulation measures, windows and doors.

Participants will gain accredited Health and Safety in Construction Environment qualifications and their CSCS card.

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Business support needed

We need environmental companies in Greater Manchester to support this valuable project. If you can consider employing our course graduates, supporting the project through work placements or providing industry insight conversations please get in touch with Liane Kirk, Youth Employment Manager via the link below:

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This project is made possible thanks to funding from the Prince’s Trust Future Workforce Fund

In Partnership with the Prince's Trust