Green jobs scheme hailed a 100% hit

Apprentice Callum Richardson, Gary Kirsop, Director of Housing, Area Management and Property Services with South Tyneside Homes, Coun Tracey Dixon, Andrew Watts, Executive Director of Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, and apprentice Curtis Marshal
Apprentice Callum Richardson, Gary Kirsop, Director of Housing, Area Management and Property Services with South Tyneside Homes, Coun Tracey Dixon, Andrew Watts, Executive Director of Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, and apprentice Curtis Marshal

A scheme to train young people in outdoor environmental work in South Tyneside has been hailed a success after all six of those taking part gained full-time employment.

It is hoped the 100% success rate of Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle’s (Stan) skills-boosting Green Team traineeship, will encourage more youngsters to get involved.

Two of them, Jordan Walsh and Nathan Price, both 17, Nathan Turnbull and James Thompson, both 18, Curtis Marshall, 19, and Callum Richardson, 20, have all got jobs.

Callum and Curtis are starting two-year environmental apprenticeships with South Tyneside Homes’ Handy Estates Team, which specialises in neighbourhood clean-up operations. As the first-ever apprentices taken on by the team, they will help to ensure the borough’s streets, beaches and parks are kept free of litter, graffiti and fly tipping.

Andrew Watts, executive director of Groundwork Stan, which works to improve communities, said: “The success of the programme shows how we support young people on their career paths and towards achieving their goals.

“Six young people started on our Green Team. The achievements of Callum and Curtis show the benefits that come of organisations like Groundwork and South Tyneside Homes working together in partnership.”

Gary Kirsop, director of housing, area management and property services with South Tyneside Homes, said: “It’s great to have the opportunity to offer apprenticeships to young people and through them skills for life, which are so important.

Councillor Tracey Dixon, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for area management and community safety, added: “It is fantastic the apprentices are being taken on. I’m sure they will enjoy being part of such a well-regarded team tasked with keeping South Tyneside looking at its best.”

Green Team courses last between 12 and 26 months and give experience of working on “green” environment schemes, with English and maths learning included.

More information call 0191 428 1144 or email jennifer.jobson@groundwork.org.uk