Project information

Growing Lives - providing more apprenticeships

One in five young people in the UK are unemployed. Over the next year, Streetscape will provide apprenticeships to six long term unemployed young people, & help all of them move into stable employment. We will also run work experience days for up to 150 young people, building their skills & CV's.

January 2012 - December 2012

Charity information


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  • Need


    Youth unemployment stands at over 1m (Nov, 2011) The number of young people who have been unemployed for over six months has increased by 69%. Youth unemployment is a powerful indicator of future prospects; the longer you are unemployed when you are young, the more likely you will never be and/or that you will be in transient employment with job prospects severely reduced. For example, on average, someone who is long-term unemployed 18-25yrs will cost society £105k (net) over a lifetime.


    Our aim is to provide work experience and on-the-job training (leading to qualifications) to young people who are long-term unemployed and have left formal education. We'll fund salaried year-long apprenticeships, working toward Level 2 Diplomas in Work-based Horticulture. The training undertaken by the young people during the apprenticeship will provide them with education and experience when they would otherwise lack such skills.This will help them move into and retain long-term employment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Apprenctices to receive relevant training & education to ensure they can move into jobs.


    » Apprentices will be registered with KEITs, a government recognised apprenticeship assessor. All work-based training will be centred around this.

    Success will be six apprentices obtaining Level 2 Diplomas in Work-based Horticulture, and therefore the relevant qualifications to gain long term employment.

    Aim 2

    Apprentices to be to in continuous employment two years from finishing with Streetscape.


    » Apprentices will be provided with the skills, and networking opportunities and contacts to find work. They will be mentored and contacted regularly.

    Success will be six apprentices being in continuous employment two years from having finished an apprenticeship with Streetscape.

    Aim 3

    To provide young people with work experience & skills, focused on increasing their employability.


    » Working alongside other charities, we'll provide 10 taster days & for those showing a keen interest in landscape gardening, a training week.

    Providing 150 young people the opportunity to come for work experience. 20% who show a keen interest in landscape gardening to be in employment, education or training after 6months

  • Impact


    Apprentices will have on the job training, experience and the qualifications to help them get jobs long into the future. They will also have the chance to build networks and the confidence to seek employment after the apprenticeship. This will benefit the communities they live in, as they can act as role models of how to turn your life around. Working will also insure their financial security and that of their families. They will be ambassadors of Streetscape and mentors to other apprentices.


    We are a social enterprise and plan to generate revenue through landscape primary purpose trading to cover operating costs, but this will not initially be possible without the track record to get necessary lansdcaping jobs. We plan to:
    i) be supported heavily by grant-making trust and corporate donations in Year 1 and Year 2
    ii) focus heavily on marketing efforts in order to secure regular maintenance contracts and workstreams
    iii) Build a reserve fund to take on more apprentices.


    Quarterly summary reports showing our financial position, an outline of all activities related to the apprenticeships and their progress, and all landscaping contracts taken on. We will include highlights and lessons learnt as well plans for the next quarter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £65,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,000 6 apprentice costs for a year Funds salary, qualifications, licences, equipment
      £5,000 Running 15 work experience day Costs include travel and lunch expenses for students, specific tools for the day, expert teachers

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Barclays Capital £25,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our main focus area is South London. People living in inner London boroughs have had tough job prospects for many years but since the recession new employment blackspots have emerged. Lambeth, Lewisham and Greenwich now rank in the top ten worst boroughs for unemployment in the UK (May 16 2011 TUC analysis). Our focus is local to the places we know, to tackle a problem we have seen getting worse.


    The apprenticeships are aimed at young people (18-25) who are long term employed. The families of these young people will also be impacted financially as they will be earning a living and gaining the experience to stay in employment long term. This further impacts on the local community, as these young people can act as role models to other children, and in the long term help to elevate these normally impoverished communities. This is an important investment in the future of our society.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    In September 2010, Streetscape carried out a pilot project at Stepney City Farm. Since then we have built on the success of this, learning many lessons in developing a sustainable business model that is sensible, but ambitious in our desire to train an increasing number of long term unemployed young people. We have two apprentices, Jerone and Jordan, working with us full-time; both are half-way through their course and delivering a great standard of work. Their success shows what is possible.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Luke Conrad

    Head Landscape Gardener & Apprentice Supervisor Luke has 20 years of experience working in landscape gardening and developing young people's skills.

    James Gubb

    Project Manager An Oxford garduate he worked as Director of Health Research at the think tank Civitas and been involved in social initiatives.