Supporting the younger generation

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

Streetscape is an award winning charity and social enterprise, dedicated to providing apprenticeships in landscape gardening to 18-25 year olds who are long-term unemployed. A majority of the young people supported by the apprenticeship scheme often come from difficult and disadvantaged backgrounds, have poor educational attainment and previous criminal convictions. The aim of Streetscape is to help their apprentices build the skills, experience and attributes they need to fulfill their dreams and move into long term employment. Streetscape are committed to growing lives, transforming landscapes.

Streetscape's objectives are to:
- Provide first-rate apprenticeships, tailored to the needs of industry,
- Provide a first-rate garden services to their clients and
- Work to bring communities together in the spaces where they work, acting as an example to others.

How the apprenticeship scheme works:

Streetscape funds young people to join their salaried, one-year apprenticeship programme, working towards their Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture. Streetscape also pay for apprentices to obtain a horticultural short-course licence from an external trainer, as well as contribute towards costs of driving lessons. Each team of apprentices is led by an expert landscape gardener, who provides intensive on-site training, ranging from soft to hard landscaping skills training required for them to find long term employment. Additional professional skills training is provided by members of the Streetscape team.

Alongside their apprenticeship scheme, Streetscape also offer 'taster days' in Myatt's Fields Park, where their offices are based, open to young people interested in a career in landscape gardening. This enables the charity to engage with more young people who are not in education or training. Taster day attendees gain experience of what landscape gardening involves and allows them to meet the Streetscape team, and apprentices. Following the taster days, Streetscape offers job search support for suitable candidates, who can also apply for an apprenticeship.

"I think the day was excellent, especially for someone like me who had never done things like this before. The taster day not only made me want to learn more about gardening and landscaping but it actually taught me a lot, like how to weed properly and turn soil.”
Alga, taster day attendee, 2013

More information about Streetscape apprenticeships and the work of the charity can be found on their website http://www.streetscape.org.uk/

Project Video

Streetscape

Moment of Pride

Streetscape prove that by working hard you can make a substantial difference to lives and communities. They are committed to providing young people with opportunities that are otherwise unavailable; a passion shared by each and every individual involved with the project.

Location: London