The Skill Mill Newcastle/Urban Green Training Programme


The Skill Mill Newcastle has launched a brand new project, working in partnership with Urban Green Newcastle. Urban Green Newcastle is an independent charity responsible for the management and upkeep of the city’s 33 parks and 61 allotment sites. The Skill Mill is a multi-award-winning social enterprise which provides employment and training opportunities for young people.


The project will provide pathways to training, education and employment for 66 young people over a two year period. The in-the-field activity has been co-designed by The Skill Mill and Urban Green senior rangers. It will comprise a variety of entry-level employment tasks including clearing vegetation, repainting and simple repairs on public realm furniture, edging footpaths, flower-bed maintenance and clearing water courses. It will take place across a number of sites owned and managed by Urban Green. Young people aged between fifteen and nineteen can take part in The Skill Mill Newcastle/Urban Green training programme.


In addition, Urban Green have received 4 Green Flag Awards this year. The Skill Mill worked fantastically in supporting Urban Green's ranger team to get the parks ready for judging. The judges recognised the partnership between The Skill Mill and Urban Green, they commented on how valuable this partnership is and they were delighted with the benefits which it is delivering.


Trainees will be able to spend 4 weeks on the project. They’ll have opportunities for progression after their 4 weeks, achieve an AQA award, create a CV and gain invaluable practical real work experience. No previous work experience or qualifications are necessary.


If you or someone you know would like to join the programme please email kay.finlay@theskillmill.org or call 07714656400.

European Structural and Investment Funds: The Skill Mill Limited is receiving up to £59,530.75 of funding from the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) are the Managing Authorities for European Reginal Development Fund and European Social Fund funding through the Growth Programme, funds established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. By investing in projects the funds will help to support innovation, business, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.