Fulfilling the requirements of Croydon’s Local Plan and Stronger Communities strategy, as well as the Social Value Act is a high priority for idverde. To meet these requirements and to support local sustainability idverde will recruit a minimum of two apprentices a year from the local community. The company, through its legacy companies Quadron idverde and The Landscape Group idverde has also worked successfully with third sector social enterprise organisation, Groundwork, for over five years to offer training and work placement opportunities to unemployed people. This arrangement will be extended to the Croydon contract with Groundwork recruiting and training around 20 unemployed Croydon residents to form part of the seasonal workforce. At the end of the season these staff will be in an ideal position to fill permanent positions as they arise.
As a community-focussed company, idverde will work closely with Croydon’s stakeholder groups to ensure the service meets their needs. Local businesses and third sector organisations will be invited to participate in volunteer days, and sources of external funding will be sought for local projects. Activities will also be provided to promote the understanding of conservation, wildlife and habitat protection.