Groundwork West Midlands proudly delivered a successful Kickstarter programme – a temporary employment programme that was funded by the government to help young people off Universal Credit and into work.

This scheme was open to people up to the age of 24, with Kickstart placements at Groundwork West Midlands and across Groundwork UK, and has helped trainees into careers that protect the environment, tackle climate change, and supported local communities.

Participants were paid a real wage, gained valuable experience and were given all the training and support needed to succeed.

At Groundwork West Midlands we are delighted to announce that two of our Kickstarters are now full time members of our team: meet Jack and Tom:

Meet Jack

Jack started working as a Green Team Trainee, mainly at Silverdale Country Park, helping with the land management and supporting volunteers. He worked very hard, supporting the team in lots of different ways. Towards the end of his time as a Kickstarter, a full time role opened up on the Green Doctors project, and we were delighted when he was appointed.

Read Jack’s full story.

Meet Tom

As a Kickstarter, Tom was working for 25 hours per week supporting project delivery. It was a junior Project Officer role that gave him a great deal of experience across a lot of different areas. Tom threw himself into it wholeheartedly. When his time as a Kickstarter ended, it was a happy coincidence that one of the existing Project Officers handed in their notice, opening up a position on the team. Tom couldn’t turn down the opportunity and he’s now one of our full time Project Officers.

Read Tom’s full story.

If you would like to find out about volunteering with Groundwork West Midlands and explore what new skills you could learn, please contact volunteerwm@groundwork.org.uk.