Groundwork uses lottery funding to create work placements and schools’ programme

Young Londoners to receive training in green economy

Social and environmental regeneration charity Groundwork London has launched a city-wide programme to introduce secondary-school children to the green economy and create 400 training and work experience programmes over the next five years.

Welcome to the Green Economy will engage 700 students in 70 London schools, introducing them to career opportunities in the green sector and showing them how to take their own environmental audits.

In addition, Groundwork will recruit 400 work-experience trainees and create 150 six-month paid placements designed to equip participants for apprenticeships in areas such as recycling, domestic energy services, landscape maintenance and SuDS.

Graham Parry, Groundwork’s director of youth, employment and skills said: “Our initiative, Welcome to the Green Economy, will enable us to work with hundreds of young people over the next five years, helping them discover about exciting environmental career, learn the skills to gain those jobs and succeed in a range of fantastic vocational opportunities in the environmental sector.”

The £1m initiative is part of the Big Lottery Fund’s £33m Our Bright Future campaign, led by the Wildlife Trust, which is investing in more than 30 organisations working to help young people to get involved in the green economy.

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