Groundwork Celebrates 1 year in Training Delivery

Groundwork Wakefield celebrated 1 year of training delivery by hosting a Learner Awards Evening on Wednesday 9th September, at their Thornes Park Nursery site off Thornes Road in Wakefield. Presenting Certificates to learners was Former Mayor Councilor Janet Holmes.

Over 40 learners and their family members attended the event at the transformation programme project site off Thornes Road near Lupton. In attendance were representatives from Wakefield Council and local delivery partners Wakefield College and Adult Education. Groundwork Wakefield have been delivering training at Thornes Park Nursery since September 2013 to adult learners in Horticulture skills, Groundwork Operations and other construction related courses including preparation for the CSCS card. Unlike traditional training, real work experience lays at the heart of Groundwork Wakefield’s training offer, and every aspect of training that takes place at the nursery, contributes towards the development and regeneration of the 1.9 hectare site.

Since September 2013, Groundwork Wakefield has trained over 150 learners who have experienced barriers to employment, with many being supported into work following training.

Employment and Skills Business Manager for Groundwork Wakefield, Bryony Olney said

“We are incredibly proud of the achievements of our learners and are especially pleased to be able to share our collective progress with the transformation of Thornes Park Nursery with our local community”. Former Mayor, Councilor Janet Holmes expressed her pleasure in being asked to present to learners saying “I was delighted to be invited to attend the event, and particularly pleased to present the certificates to those who achieved a qualification.  This is an excellent way of engaging with people who have had difficulty finding work, and it was clear to see how much the presentation of a certificate delighted everyone who received one.  I felt honoured and proud to attend this very worthwhile event.”

Bryony Olney presented Janet Holmes with a basket of fresh seasonal produce grown at the nursery by learners, as a thank you gift.

Thornes Park Nursery is currently undergoing a programme of regeneration, which will see the site transformed into a community hub providing training opportunities through a variety of services offered from the site. The nursery will accommodate retail outlets, catering facilities, artists studios and shared community spaces in addition to the horticultural nursery on site. Renovation work commenced in March 2014 with labour provided by learners on training and work experience and materials donated by a variety of local organisations including Kier, Interserve and GPL Ltd. Organisations interested in gifting building supplies and materials to the project are invited to contact Graham Ratcliffe on 01924 307222.

For enquiries regarding participation in future training programmes organised by Groundwork Wakefield can contact Bryony Olney on 01924 307222.