We provide Domestic and Commercial, Fencing, Landscaping and Tree surgery services, but
we also serve the local and wider Kent and South East community by providing a 2- 3 year apprenticeships, 8-week traineeships and work-experience for young ex-offenders, at risk of offending; and those with learning challenges and disabilities; all aged between 18-25. All routes lead to permanent employment with us or skills, accreditation and certification for a bright future elsewhere.
Trainees on our apprenticeship can attain up to 20 certificates and accreditations via our accreditation partner FaCT (Fencing and Construction Training, as well as practical training and assessment with us and FacT. Once qualified all apprentices are fully employed with us, with a view to working towards further leadership and level 3 AQA mentoring training, so that they can become Supervisors to mentor and train any new apprentices.
We have shorter-term option of 8 week work-experience and traineeships; where candidates come from either third party referrals such as Kent County Council's youth divisions or the Department of Work and Pensions or direct from the prisons. The purpose of this shorter course of training is to give more options for those who want to pass their Health and Safety assessment and attain their CSCS cards to get work on construction sites and learn the basics of toll management and construction, as well as gaining practical training and experience, to get them going on their career paths. We understand that not everyone has the tenacity, endurance or focus for an apprenticeship and further leadership studies so we provide these alternative routes.
Our aim is to see the next generation of 18-25 year olds thrive and have healthy career options in front of them; turning away from crime, depression and low self-esteem.
COVID-19 has really impacted young people's mental health and with jobs being few and far between, or people are having to fight for their jobs. We want to be able to continue to take on more young people, and give them support and mentoring as well as a career path. So this funding will go towards the apprentice salaries of new people that we will take on our program.