Groundwork Learning Centre

Lynne’s Story

Learn New Skills – Improve Wellbeing – Increase Confidence by participating in one of our courses here at the Groundwork Learning Centre, Morley.

Visit our Learning Centre website to see what current courses we offer.

Working with young people

We work with young people to support them to become active members of their community. We engage with schools and youth groups, and have a youth volunteering programme where young people participate in environmental projects, antisocial behaviour reduction initiatives, and the healthy holiday programme. A new development for the coming year is our role as mentors in the New to Nature programme. The programme offers paid 12 months works experience to young people looking to work in the environmental sector. Groundwork Yorkshire are due to support ten young people across three cohorts. We are delivering a Supported Internship programme in North Yorkshire for young people who have an Education Health Care Plan, enabling them to have in depth work experience as well as gaining a range of qualifications including Maths, English and employability. Utilising a number of funding streams we are delivering an alternative curriculum programme to targeted young people in Year 9 across secondary schools in North Yorkshire offering schools a 6 week, 1 day a week, programme leading to a Level 1 Horticulture Certificate. This programme positively impacts on young people’s behaviour, attendance, attainment and mental health.

Green Skills

We will continue to deliver Community Adult Learning funded by Leeds City Council from the Groundwork Learning Centre based in our Morley building, as well as developing the the range of courses we run in partnership with other third sector providers in the city. We are also going to be running some Family Learning courses in 2023. Having developed a range of on-line learning courses during the pandemic, we aim to develop these alongside our funded classroom based courses. We are delivering a range of non-accredited learning in courses such as textiles, arts, woodworking, photography, business administration, digital skills as well as every-day Maths and English. We continue to look at developing green skills for adult learners as Groundwork continues to be well placed to deliver these. We are planning on delivering an employment support hub in 2023.

People & Communities

Different ways of learning

Delivered with financial support from Uni Connect, our successful alternative curriculum offer provides school pupils with work experience and skills development, over a period of 6 weeks, leading to a Level 1 Horticultural qualification.

Alternative education – climate & nature

Our environmental educators deliver forest schools & nature-based activities which engage, educate and connect children and young people with nature.

Groundwork talking to teenage girl

Supported Internships

We are a registered with North Yorkshire Council to provide Supported Internships for young people with EHCP’s.  A package of work experience, vocational skills and a horticultural qualification, as well as functional skills training is offered, providing progression towards employment.


School ground design

Our landscape design teams create school grounds which encourage learning and play. By using nature-based solutions school grounds become more resilient to the effects of climate change; reducing flood risk and improving air quality.

Resource efficiency

Our Sustainable Business Consultants & Green Doctors review, assess and provide independent advice on energy, water & waste, identifying opportunities for improvement throughout the educational setting.