Select Committee on Education and Employment Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Case study examples

  1.  North Manchester Recycling is an intermediate labour market programme developed by Groundwork Manchester in partnership with Manchester City Council and Manchester Employment Regeneration Partnership. It provides training for long-term unemployed people from the Moston area of the city as they undertake door-to-door waste collections from around 6,000 households. Participants are paid a wage of around £130/week and use electric vehicles to make collections between Monday and Thursday with Fridays spent working towards an NVQ in warehousing, administration or customer service. The waste collected is returned to depots where it is sorted and forwarded for recycling enabling those taking part to develop a wide range of transferable work skills such as IT, communication skills and teamworking. The experience also helps participants develop their personal confidence and self-esteem and basic skills such as literacy and numeracy.

  The partners are developing plans to extend the programme to 20,000 households and utilise the income derived from the recycling activity to establish a self-financing community enterprise providing long-term jobs for local people.

  2.  Rotherham Home Composting is an initiative developed by Groundwork Creswell in association with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. The project grew from a survey carried out by the local authority which revealed that over 40 per cent of all household waste could be classed as compostable. Groundwork secured Landfill Tax credit funding through Global Environmental to establish an ILM which offers local long-term unemployed people the chance of working for a fixed wage for a period of up to 12 months promoting the sale of low-cost compost bins to householders with a garden. Participants receive on-the-job training, enhancing their employability and not only market and supply the bins but also run a full telephone advice and after-sales service.

  The scheme is projected to save the local authority over £118,000 per year in waste disposal costs. Working closely with the local authority, Groundwork is developing the programme by establishing a number of community composting projects where green waste can be brought to a central collection point to be composted and then sold back to householders or passed on to allotment holders. Further plans in the pipeline include a commercial composting operation with the capacity to handle all of the authority's "green waste". The business would manufacture and market compost on a commercial basis providing sustainable jobs for trainees who have "graduated" from the home composting scheme.

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