What is the Copper Foundation?

The Copper Foundation

In Summer 2017 we made a commitment to help people struggling to find employment back into work – The Copper Foundation was born.

It gives people a 12 month paid contract working outdoors on our external improvement programme. Making our communities look great with things like new fencing, walls, pathways and gates.

But that’s not all - lots of fantastic training support and guidance is on offer throughout the year to give people the best chance of securing more work once the contract ends.

How Copper Has Changed Lives
The Copper Foundation has given opportunities to many local people.  Here, some of them explain how joining the Copper Foundation changed their lives


After completing his time with the Copper Foundation, Ryan was offered a role with one of our specialist teams and is currently training to become a fully qualified arborist.

Speaking about his experiences, Ryan said:
“I’m glad I enrolled on the Copper Foundation and I would recommend it to anyone looking for work.  You never know, you may end up like me and go on to secure a full time role.

"Thanks to me experiences on the Copper Foundation, I’ve started training to become an arborist.  I’ve already got my chainsaw and climbing qualifications and am hoping to gain more qualifications so I can expand my career further."

Ryan's best bit:
"You get a great buzz climbing trees. It’s brilliant, I love it, and I look forward to coming to work each day.”


As a result of a successful 12 months on the Copper Foundation, Lewis now works for our Neighbourhood Team.

Speaking about his new job as a Neighbourhood Assistant, Lewis said:
“I’m over the moon to have landed this new opportunity. I’ve learned a great deal by being part of the Copper Foundation project. I’ve worked with a great bunch of boys and had fantastic training and support from my supervisors and manager. I love working outdoors and hope I will be able to use lots of the skills I’ve learned with the Copper Foundation in my new job.”

Lewis' best bit:
“I’m much more confident now, it's been great to be able to continue my career with Tai Tarian.”