We believe that the dual crises of youth unemployment and climate change provide us with an unprecedented opportunity.
Our Green Jobs programme aims to match up the people that need the work with the work that needs to be done. That’s why we are busying ourselves with providing training for young, unemployed people and supporting them into world-changing careers. We don’t stop there either. We know that the current job market is tough out there, that young people aren’t always supported as they should be, and that not enough is being done to help us shift to a green economy. So, we keep engaged with green jobs policy and share that information via the East London Green Jobs Alliance. Sometimes, we’ll often take ourselves off to go and talk to a government minister, give a presentation at a think tank, or speak to people on the streets. Because change happens in all kinds of ways.
We are incredibly excited to be launching our new horticultural work training programme in 2013. Want to expand your mind and get your hands dirty? Then sign up!
Interested in working outside, learning about the environment and getting a job in gardening, growing, grounds maintenance or in garden retail?
Are you 16-25 years old?
Able to travel to East London 2 days a week?
Then join our 10-week training programme, and grow your way to a green-fingered job.
The East London Green Jobs Alliance is a network of trade unions, NGOs, community based organisations and green businesses working together to build an inclusive green economy.
We facilitate information sharing and programme development through meetings and events; production of campaign tools and resources; and through our monthly newsletter that showcases best practices learned on the ground. We have three goals – to network, amplify, and campaign. Check out the Alliance website here.
Roots of Success is a 10 module curriculum aimed at raising awareness of both local and global environmental issues whilst raising literacy, numeracy, IT, communication and many other skills needed for entry into the job market. Originally developed in the States, we’ve started piloting our UK version with groups here in East London, including The Prince’s Trust, Crisis, and Bikeworks. We’re getting really positive feedback from trainee – one left saying “I definitely want to have a green job!! I knew that already, but this class opened my eyes.”
We’ll soon be delivering the training with volunteers at Hackney City Farm, with trainee construction workers and offenders to help broker people facing barriers to employment into green and decent work.
The Gear Up programme ran from September 2010-March 2011, helping to connect unemployed young people aged 18-19 with meaningful work experience in environmental organisations, where they were given the opportunity to take on a leadership role. Gear Up members also accessed training, skills development and mentorship opportunities.