Who we are 


The Skill Mill is a Not for Profit Social Enterprise providing employment opportunities for young people aged 16-18. With origins in the North East of England the Skill Mill was established to combine the provision of high quality and cost effective outdoor work with maximum social impact. 

The Skill Mill is supported by an Advisory Board of representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors. It is this partnership which makes the Skill Mill unique and brings significant added value. 

What we do


The Skill Mill undertakes water and land based management, helping to reduce flood risks and improve the local environment. The Skill Mill also brings social and environmental benefits to communities by involving local people directly in the delivery of services.


The young employees undertake accredited training and achieve a nationally recognised qualification. They acquire knowledge and skills by working alongside local private contractors and partners. Follow on employment opportunities with partner organisations and the wider labour market are sought for each employee and we work with them to achieve this goal from the outset.


Each cohort will receive six months paid employment, invaluable practical real work experience, a nationally recognised qualification, and further opportunities for progression with local companies at the end of their time with The Skill Mill.

Our Aims
  • Improve the flow of watercourses and contribute to the reduction of flood risk.

  • Increase engagement, participation, employability and educational levels of the young people and move them closer to long term sustainable employment.

  • Reduce re-offending and increase community safety through engagement of ex-offenders in employment.

  • Demonstrate to others the importance of innovative thinking and the benefits of moving away from existing high cost contracting to resolve water related issues.

Current Skill Mill sites
  • Newcastle, UK (established in 2013 and began trading February 2014)

  • Leeds, UK (established August 2015)

  • Tallinn, Estonia (established January 2016)

  • Liverpool, UK (established August/September 2016)

  • Durham, UK (established July 2017) 

  • North Yorkshire (established November 2017) 




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