Laying the Groundwork for a new generation of regeneration
By LEClare | Thursday, May 10, 2012, 13:56
Groundwork, the environmental regeneration charity has set its sights on helping young people in the Long Eaton area.
Sowing the seeds for an environmentally aware generation - Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire
A targetted training and work experience course has been designed by those involved especially for young people aged 16-19 who are not in employment, education or training (NEETS).
One course is already running and 3 more will begin in time for those who are just about to leave school this year. Each course will accept 10 young people from throughout Derbyshire.
The 14 week courses will be around 28 hours per week, spread over 4 days and will take place in part at the Charity's base in Langley Mill and at appropriate gardening sites in the area. Those participating will be met at pick up points throughout Derbyshire and transported to the location.
As well as learning planting and garden maintenance skills which can be used at their own homes, learners will also be taught how to use produce in the kitchen with food hygiene and safety skills.
They will also be taught functional skills in English through on-line software, write a cv and prepare for a job interview, how to use information technology at work, and personal and social skills such as developing confidence and managing their personal finances.
All the work is taught by Groundwork's experienced staff and will lead to three recognised qualifications in English, basic horticulture, and skills for working from the Ascentis validating agency.
Those taking part will receive free boots, hi-vis vests, gloves and trousers. They may also be eligible for travel expenses on buses from Long Eaton, Ilkeston, Heanor, Ripley, Belper and Swadlincote, and £3 a day towards lunch.
Although Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire runs a number of training courses, this is the only one specifically for the 'neets'.
Managing director Kirsty Youngs hopes that young people will be able to reap from what they sow on the course.
"If the scheme is a success we hope to be able to receive additional external funding and repeat the courses, helping more young people to develop skills and use their time profitably to gain employment," she said.
Those interested, or their parents and advisers, should contact training co-ordinator Zena Jenks on 01773 535232.