4.4 Dynamic Hills Training Programme

This is a programme of heritage based skills training.

strimming-2-malvern-july-16Developing 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:


Traineeship – Level 2 Certificate in Work-based Environmental Conservation.ladder-steps-ironbridge-28-4

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 is currently on a 12-month placement with us (Jan 2016 – Jan 2017).

Two further 12-month Traineeship opportunities will be advertised in November 2016.

For more information and to get involved please contact Jon Bielstein.


Follow these links for project updates:

Project update, January 2015


Project update, January 2015

Four ‘Working with lime’ sessions as part of the Snailbeach restoration project were delivered during October by Ian Storey, CBS Conservation.

4-day cleft oak course completed during November at Poles Coppice. The Cleft oak course has been extended and part three is scheduled to take place in the New Year.

2-day hedgelaying course completed early December at Hope School. The Hedge laying course was oversubscribed so a second course is scheduled for the New Year.

Developing a series of Masterclasses in the Repair and Maintenance of pre-1919 buildings as part of the forthcoming Skills in the Hills programme.