Green light for new green teams
Date published: 25 April 2012
A funding extension to two schemes that combine training and employment opportunities with public space improvements has been given the green light by Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH).
Green Team and Neighbourhood Environmental Action Team (NEAT) are two partnership initiatives developed by Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale and RBH to help young unemployed people into work whilst improving public spaces across Rochdale.
NEAT participant Kayne Walsh, aged 22 and from Middleton, said: “I got a lot out the NEAT programme. Not only did I learn a load of new skills, I gained a diploma and gained real work experience out on site in Rochdale.”
Teresa Jennings, Operations Director at Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale, commented: “We’re delighted that Rochdale Boroughwide Housing has shown a commitment to supporting young unemployed people from Rochdale. Groundwork has already supported some 62 people on these schemes and we look forward to working with RBH to develop the skills of a further 17 participants in 2012.”
Paul Dockerty, Environmental Co-ordinator for Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, said: “The NEAT and Green Team initiatives have been highly successful. We are effectively supporting young unemployed local people as well as providing a well received environmental service to our tenants, whilst at the same time further cementing our long standing partnership with Groundwork”.
Green Team offers 6-months paid employment to previously unemployed young people and gives them training, qualifications and work experience to improve their chances of finding permanent employment. Whilst enrolled on the scheme Green Team members improve public spaces and designated areas on land managed by RBH.
The NEAT programme offers a 12 month employment contract and more specialised training to successful candidates who have already demonstrated their abilities on the Green Team. NEAT participants complete skilled neighbourhood improvement projects on RBH land, including flagship new developments.
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