Tarmac’s partnership with Groundwork Hertfordshire recently saw another successful project delivered by nine Hertfordshire volunteers. The Green Team scheme is an employment and skills project run by community charity Groundwork Hertfordshire and funded by building materials company Tarmac.
At the same time as boosting their job prospects through gaining practical experience and qualifications, the nine volunteers have spent the last three months working on an outstanding outdoor classroom at Sir Frederic Osborn School in Welwyn Garden City. On 31 May, the Green Teamers unveiled this outdoor classroom, which includes a nature trail, seating, a new sheltered area and raised beds to make the garden an alternative learning resource for students and teachers and a haven for wildlife.
Mark Wood, managing director for Tarmac South, said “Supporting local skills and education opportunities is really important to us, so we were delighted to get involved with another Green Team project with Groundwork. Some of our senior team were also able to do a day’s volunteering on the site & we have also supported the programme with mock-interviews for the nine volunteers and were able to offer some of them work placements. The outdoor classroom looks fantastic and the team should be very proud of the results of their hard work.”
Tarmac has an ongoing commitment to the development of people and supporting skills, engaging with various initiatives at a local and national level to showcase career opportunities. The company has established partnerships with organisations such as The Prince’s Trust and Solutions for the Planet which provide regular opportunities to talk careers in construction and facilitate employment.
Matt Sutcliffe, Groundwork’s employment project tutor, said: “The team has done an amazing job. When we started work on this site back in February, it was a derelict old parking area and a bit unloved. After three months of hard work, including importing 20 tonnes of materials by hand, provided by Tarmac, it’s been transformed into an attractive and useful area.”