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The Green Team

The Green Team

The Green Team programme

The Green Team is a pre-apprenticeship project. It is a 16-week (or 12-week in the case of the third Green Team) voluntary employment training scheme aimed at taking on young people who have been in long term unemployment, not in education or training (NEET).

Green Team 1 and 2  

The scheme ran for two periods of 16-18 weeks from May to August 2013 and October to February 2014.
The first programme, which took on five young people, ran from 15 May to 30 August 2013. The second programme ran from 7 October to 28 February 2014.   


Green Team 3 

Green Team 3 took on eight young people and ran for 12 weeks from September to November 2014. 


What do the young people gain?

  • Practical skills and experience in hard and soft landscaping (planting bulbs, turfing, paving and concreting, garden maintenance, putting up fencing and treating timber)
  • Recognised qualification in Land Based Studies, City and Guilds Level 1
  • Recognised training including First Aid training, CV writing, telephone manners

The criteria and how to apply - applications now closed

If you are aged 16-24, a resident of the Braintree District and currently not in employment, education or training and interested in joining the Green Team, please contact Chris Dungate, Groundwork Hertfordshire, on 01707 260129 or

Are you a business looking for ready-to-work apprentices? 

If you are in the landscape, groundwork, landscape or horticulture industry and looking to taking on one of our Green Team members, please contact Stephen Wenlock, Landscape Architect at Braintree District Council, who is leading on the project on or call 01376 552525.  

You will get well- prepared apprentices or employees high in both confidence and enthusiasm and armed with qualifications and a range of work-ready skills. 

The project and funding

The project, which is part of Braintree District Council’s Annual Plan and Sustainable Development Business Plan for 2013-2014 was to provide more opportunities and access for NEET people. The project costs £147,000 and was funded through Braintree District Council’s and Greenfields Community Housing’s joint Community Housing and Investment Partnership (CHIP) Fund.