College Street Centre,College Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8DX

Who Are We

The Skill Mill is a Not for Profit Social Enterprise providing employment opportunities for young people 16-18. Following 2 years of pilot work in the North East of England the Skill Mill was established to provide high quality and cost effective outdoor work with high social impact.

The Skill Mill is supported by an Advisory Board of representatives from The Environment Agency, Northumbrian Water Ltd. The ESH Group, Northumbria University, East Durham College, Tyne Rivers’ Trust, Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Newcastle City Council. It is this partnership which makes the Skill Mill unique and brings significant added value. The Skill Mill delivers outstanding services and transforms the lives of individuals and communities with sustainable low cost environmental benefits.

Our Mission

The Skill Mill undertakes water and land based management helping to reduce the local flood risks and improve the local environment. The Skill Mill also brings social and environmental benefits to local communities through involving local people directly in the delivery of services.

The young employees undertake training with Houghall College and will achieve a City & Guilds Level 1 in Land Based Operations. They acquire knowledge and skills by working alongside local private contractors and partners. Follow on employment opportunities with partners and others are considered throughout the period of employment with The skill Mill.

Each cohort will receive six months paid employment, invaluable practical real work experience, a City and Guilds Level 1, and further opportunities for progression with local companies at the end of their time with The Skill Mill.

Our Aims

Improve the flow of watercourses and contribute to the reduction of flood risk. Increase engagement, participation, employability and educational levels of the young people and move them closer to long term sustainable employment. Reduce re-offending and increase community safety through engagement of ex-offenders in employment. The project will demonstrate to others the importance of innovative thinking and the benefits of moving away from existing high cost contracting to resolve water related issues.