Building Better Opportunities

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The scheme is being managed by Landau who have already successfully delivered a similar project in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and aims to build the skills and confidence of people who are not in work in order to give them a leg up into the job market.

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust are providing various training opportunities including in orchard management and apple juice production, Playwork training to develop the skills to work with young people, wildlife conservation management and retail training in the organisation’s two shops. The training is delivered through six-week placements and each person enrolled will have a dedicated mentor who will assess and support their progress through the course.

Places are available to people of all ages who are unemployed or economically inactive and be a legal resident. The programme especially aims to engage with those with mental or physical disabilities, diverse ethnicities, migrants, the over 50s, ex-offenders, the homeless and the long-term unemployed.

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Laurence Green who will be running the orchard management training commented: “this is a great opportunity for us to be able to give some extra support to those who are struggling to get into work. Working outside, productively, in nature is proven to boost people’s wellbeing and confidence and this programme will also be teaching practical skills they can hopefully use in future employment.”

The Building Better Opportunities programme in Herefordshire is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England to support projects in England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.

Those wanting more information about the programme should contact Julia Morton at j.morton@herefordshirewt.co.uk