Five Wildlife Trusts in the South West will train 30 aspiring conservationists during the next three years in a new training programme, ‘Wild Paths’ awarded £501,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), under its Skills for the Future programme.
The scheme addresses the skills shortages in the South West conservation sector, and 10 trainees a year for three years will be based with Avon Wildlife Trust, Devon Wildlife Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Somerset Wildlife Trust and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
Each will focus on practical conservation, working with volunteers, and people and communities. As well as formal qualifications, trainees will qualify for transferable skills to enhance future employability, learning by working with Wildlife Trust staff.
The Wildlife Trusts say they are keen to reflect the diversity of the community within their workforce. Applications are invited from those with disadvantaged backgrounds or disabilities, from the LGBT community and from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. Starting in September, 2018, details are on www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/WildPaths