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Who is this project for?

If you are Black or Minoritised, aged between 18-28, based in the South West of England and not in full-time employment, this is the programme for you!

Graduated in the past five years, but are over 28? You are also welcome to apply!

Why apply?

If you are interested in setting up your own sustainable business or social enterprise, then this programme is for you!

Learn and earn – get paid the National Living Wage for 8 days as you train and have your travel expenses covered. This programme will help you with:

  • Joining industry and community leaders to increase your network and knowledge.

  • Accessing career advice, coaching, and mentoring tailored to you.

  • Go on to either a paid internship, further funded training, or get paid and receive support to work on your start-up.


“Now I can visualise my idea and say, okay, this is what it’s going to be. I’ve got the support network, I’ve got the mentors. It’s just literally about doing it in a way that’s sustainable.

— BSWN Cohort Learner

What will I get from this programme?

If you participate in this programme you will receive 8 days of paid training (£9.90 an hour which won’t affect any benefits) focussed on:

  • Leadership, employment, and networking skills.

  • How to set up an ethical business or social enterprise.

  • An intro to green topics and businesses working in areas including food, fashion, innovation, housing, and energy.

  • Funded opportunities after the training - growing a business idea, fully paid internships, or further training.

“The Green Skills course has taught me many things that I can carry throughout my future business and personal lifestyle. One this that has stuck with me however is that the future is now.

— UWE Cohort Learner

When & where will this take place?

Starting in September 2022, 2 days a week, paid training, for 4 weeks.

You’ll spend time in the brand new BSWN Social Enterprise Incubator located on the first floor of the Coach House, in St Paul’s, and in various locations on the UWE Frenchay campus, including the business innovation hub Future Space as well as visits to local businesses with travel organised by the Green Skills team.

With all travel expenses and lunch and refreshments paid.


If you have any further questions before filling in the application form or would like help or support with your application please get in touch with our BSWN Operations Manager, Mina at or the Green Skills Mentors, Xavier Baker or Ellis Rodrigues-Noble at

What will I get from the scheme?

Learn & earn

Earn the Living Wage for 8 days as you train. Plus travel expenses.

Inspiring training

Small learning groups and some larger seminars focusing on green issues that affect you and your future.

Personalised coaching

Career advice, coaching and mentoring tailored to you.

Site visits

Get out of the classroom – we’ll take you on site to see Green Skills in action.


Insights from inspirational leaders - increase your network and your knowledge.

Where next?

Go on to either a paid internship further funded training, or get paid and receive support to work on your start up. 


Like what you’ve heard? Apply now or schedule a call back by emailing


If you’re not sure whether this opportunity is for you, or you would like to have a chat to receive additional information or discuss any support/reasonable adjustments you might need in order to participate, please email a member of the team at

The Green Skills for Jobs and Entrepreneurs project is funded by the UK Community Renewal Fund (CRF) and will receive just over £760,000 of funding for 2021-2022.


It is managed, in the West of England, by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) on behalf of the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).


The UK Community Renewal Fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK, creating opportunities to trial new approaches and innovative ideas at the local level.


WECA covers the three geographical areas of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, and South Gloucestershire.