Young people and local dignitaries celebrated together in Houghton Regis to mark the end of Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire’s seventh Green Team, the nationally-recognised local employment project.
The Green Team gives disadvantaged young people support, training and work experience while benefitting the local community through landscaping and grounds improvement projects.
The team were joined at the celebration by Houghton Regis Town Mayor and the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire as well as representatives of Central Bedfordshire Council and guests from the project sites.
The five young unemployed people on the project improved various sites across Central Bedfordshire rangingfrom the grounds at Linslade Lower School to the outdoor space at Townsend Day Centre in Houghton Regis and Home Farm Trust in Shefford.
As well as giving them practical landscaping and horticultural skills, the Green Team project has led to all members passing Level 1 City & Guilds in Land-Based Studies (four with distinction and one with merit) and achieving their first aid certificate. 3 members also now have their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) health and safety card.
One Green Team member, Richard, said: “I think this is a very good project – learning new things every day and working as a team is great. I’d recommend the Green Team; it’s a great opportunity for other youngsters.”
Shaun, his team mate, added “My favourite part of the Green Team was learning how to lay slabs because I’d never done that type of thing before. I’ve got more confidence in myself now. I’ll look for work now and get a Security Industry Authority (SIA) license so I could become a bouncer.”
Sam is using his new-found confidence and skills by taking up a place in the army while the others are actively applying for job and apprenticeships.
Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire is recruiting now. If you’re 16-19 years old and love working outdoors, contact Chris Houghton on 01582 720147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.