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24th October 2017

In January 2017, Goole College began a partnership with a local charity aimed at helping their volunteers develop the skills needed to progress on to employment.

Volunteers from The Green Team successfully completed a Level 1 City and Guilds Horticulture Award and in October, they returned to the college to receive their certificates.

The Green Team is a local charity providing garden maintenance services to elderly and disabled residents within a ten mile radius of Goole and following a visit to the Changing Futures Careers Fair in 2016, they decided to work with Goole College to offer qualifications to their volunteers.

The result was a partnership that has seen 15 volunteers complete a recognised qualification over 6 months that improves confidence and social skills.

The partnership is due to continue with the introduction of a further qualification in Team Building starting in November.

Cheryl Price, Green Team Development Officer said, “Over the last 18 months we have built an excellent partnership with Goole College and today our volunteers have received certificates in recognition of the training the college has provided.”

“These City and Guilds Horticulture courses are the first time our volunteers have been involved with any accredited training provider and we are really proud of them, so this is an exciting move forward for us. The end goal that we want for our volunteers is for them to progress to employment and events like today really give them the confidence that they are capable of this.”

Caron Wright, Principal of Goole College said, “Today’s event is to recognise the importance of Goole College supporting the local community and working in partnership to deliver qualifications that benefit local people.”

“The Horticultural qualification the members of the green Team have completed really helps them develop employability skills, which improves their aspirations to gain future employment.“

“It’s great for us to be involved in such an important aspect of the community and I am really proud to have presented the certificates to everyone from the team.”

Brodie Palmer, Green Team Volunteer said, “I heard about the Green Team through a friend and signed up straight away as I wanted to work in Gardening, and have been volunteering for almost 2 years which has since gone on to paid work. Coming to Goole College has given me the certificate and the confidence I needed to find full time employment doing the things I enjoy.”