Working Roots

2017 Festival of Learning Awards

Julie Cruddas, Learning Mentor, received a Highly Commended award in recognition of commitment and dedication to teaching and learning.

Proven success of Working Roots lead to programme expansion!

Working Roots is now in year five and has continued to go from strength to strength proving to be a highly effective programme meeting the needs of excluded young people in North Tyneside. As a result, partner organisations recently agreed to expand the programme increasing the number of full time places from 15 to 24!

What is Working Roots?

An innovative new bespoke pathway supporting young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) and those struggling to find work or the right kind of training an opportunity to try something new.

It is an 11 month full time work based training scheme developed by Kier North Tyneside, North Tyneside Council and Justice Prince.

It will help build confidence, skills and provide real “hands on” work experience, which all employers are looking for.

Why is it worth joining Working Roots?

Bored? Want a working future? Need some money?

If you have answered yes to these questions then Working Roots is for YOU. An exciting new opportunity to learn new skills for 16 to 18 year olds living in North Tyneside plus £50 attendance allowance per week paid weekly into your bank account.

  • £50 per week attendance allowance
  • Daily lunch bursary based on attendance
  • Certificate on completion of the 11 month work based training programme
  • A range of qualifications which will help improve your chances of employment including a Level 1 qualification in construction or horticulture
  • A great opportunity to meet new people including prospective employers
  • Help to improve local neighbourhoods across North Tyneside and build your skills experience


What will you be doing?

Working Roots

You will be part of a small team who will be supported by a supervisor from the Working Roots team. You will be involved in delivering a range of work within communities across North Tyneside which will include painting and decorating, gardening, fencing and cleaning..

Working Roots Team July 2105
Working Roots Team July 2015

Working Roots Sponsored Walk
The Working Roots Sponsored Walk

Working Roots support for Macmillan Cancer Support
Working Roots showing their support for Macmillan Cancer Support

Councillor Grayson visiting Working Roots
Councillor Grayson visiting Working Roots

Trainee of the Month award July 2015
Liam Young - Trainee of the Month award, July 2015

You will work

  • Monday - Friday from 8.30am - 4.00pm
  • Including 3.5 days of work based training and 1.5 days of education and learning

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More information

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For more information please contact Julie - full details are on our contact page.


Winners of local and national awards:

North Tyneside Council Adult Learning Alliance Group Learner of the Year 2014

Builder and Engineer awards 2014 (Corporate and Social Responsibility)

The Working Roots Partnership