The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded funding to Brecon Beacons National Park Authority to provide 12, year -long salaried conservation traineeships until Summer 2017.
A grant of £908,500 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Skills for the Future’ towards the ‘Skills in Action’ partnership which includes Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Torfaen County Borough Council.
The project will provide 12, year-long salaried traineeships each year over three years, providing individuals with hands-on work based experience in conservation and estate management. This combines the attainment of a Level 2 City and Guilds qualification in conservation management combined with the opportunity to learn new skills and acquire knowledge by working with estate and conservation management teams.
The traineeship is aimed at those interested in pursuing a career in practical conservation and estate management or similar work. The project aims to recruit primarily from local populations and award placements to those who seem most likely to benefit from the opportunity.
Skills in Action trainees will work alongside existing warden/ranger teams, undertaking a range of practical conservation management work throughout the year. Opportunities will also be provided for individuals to gain additional skills in the heritage management sector for example working with information staff and environmental educators. The project will also provide additional training for staff in tutoring and assessing skills, to enable them to support trainees and pass on skills and experience gained in their years in the sector.
The project will provide thirty-six yearlong salaried traineeships : six per year with Brecon Beacons National Park Authority , five with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and one with Torfaen County Borough Council.
For further information on this Heritage Lottery Project please contact Ceri.Bevan@beacon-npa.gov.uk