4.4 Dynamic Hills Training Programme
This is a programme of heritage based skills training.
Developing the skills to manage and conserve the area’s heritage, equipping young people and others with skills for rural livelihoods, and raising local community and business awareness of local heritage. Young people and others will be able to widen knowledge of potential rural livelihoods and gain skills needed for future management and enhancement of local heritage.
We are doing this by:
- Training for community members in heritage management skills and techniques either lacking or in short supply
- Master classes for businesses and others in more advanced specific management skills
- Skills in the Hills taster days introducing skills, techniques and methods needed for conservation
- 12-month traineeship opportunities
The traineeship is designed to develop and gain experience in the skills required to pursue a career in nature conservation and/or land management. This includes practical estate and habitat management, ecological surveying, environmental education and the ability to engage with volunteers and the public. These quailities are particularly relevant to managing the special landscape of this border area. The trainee’s time is shared between two or three local businesses or organisations to maximise the learning experience on offer.
The traineeship is a 12-month placement with a bursary of £9,000. The Trainee works towards a City & Guilds accredited Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Work-based Environmental Conservation.
Adam Stellard successfully completed his 12-month placement with us (Jan 2016 – Jan 2017).
Abbi Knight, Sarah Fortune and Amber Bicheno have successfully completed their one-year work-based placements which ended March 2018. As well as achieving their City & Guilds Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Environmental Conservation, all the trainees have gained valuable experience and certificates in a variety of practical skills such as chainsaw use, tree-felling, tractor driving and use of pesticides.
For more information please contact Jen Jones.