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Details of apprenticeships and internships available within the countryside, conservation, ecology, environmental education, wildlife and animal management sectors.


What's the difference between an apprenticeship and a volunteer placement?  CJS classifies a voluntary placement as one which is totally unpaid or has only out of pocket expenses. Whereas an apprenticeship has some remuneration in addition to a significant level of training leading to a recognised qualification. Occasionally there are a few unpaid internships.

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Voluntary Opportunities

Unpaid or expenses only posts, available on full, part time and odd day basis

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Opportunity to help with a specific task on one or two days.

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Updated: 24 April


Logo: Rusland HorizonsRusland Horizons Valley Future Apprentice

Level 2 Apprentices – 4 positions

Full-time, fixed term contract for 18 months

Based: Haverthwaite

Wage: Minimum wage (£3.64 per hour for the first year of the apprenticeship)

Would you like to play a vital role in an ambitious scheme to revive traditional skills and restore the unique wooded landscape of a wonderful part of South Lakeland?  Following a successful, community-led bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Lake District National Park Authority, on behalf of the Rusland Valley & Fells Landscape Partnership, is now looking to recruit six apprentices to help deliver the Rusland Horizons Scheme.

Delete Date: 3/5/17

Sector: Countryside

Region: North West

Role type: Apprenticeship

Posted: 5/4/17


REF        1181-TRAIN-OK10


BE4        N / A


PAY        £200 per month spending money, training, accommodation & food

FOR        ACUK

DES        Free 12 month training scheme. The Firm Foundations Instructor Training Scheme is run at our 3 ACUK centres: Whitemoor Lakes is our watersports centre in Staffordshire; Pioneer Centre is our outdoor centre set near the Wye Forest in Shropshire; Benham Sports Arena is a busy indoor sports centre in Northamptonshire. We offer various qualifications across the 3 centres. You can earn nationally recognised qualifications from the British Canoe Union, British Fencing Association & many more awards ranging from watersports to climbing, archery to first aid. On top of this you will also receive centre-specific training. 2nd year option available for full salaried position & extra training. ACUK is the wholly owned operating company of registered charity Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC). Operating upon a foundation of Christian principles & offering service regardless of race, religion or creed, NAYC has over 50 years’ experience in providing people with opportunities.   BUT   Open to 18-24 year olds across the UK.   ASK   www.acuk.net/firm-foundations


Logo: Yorkshire Dales National ParkCommunications Apprenticeship

2 Year Apprenticeship

Full-time – 37 hours

£7,888 per annum (£4.10 per hour) for first year.  Rising to the national minimum wage in the second year

Based at our office in Bainbridge, Wensleydale.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK and we are looking for an individual who would love to help us look after it. We have an apprenticeship opportunity in our Communications Team for an enthusiastic individual to kick start their career.  The Apprentice will work closely with the whole team, but in particular the Web and Social Media Officer, to promote understanding and enjoyment of the Park and provide the best possible presentation of the Authority.

Closing Date: 28/4/17

Sector: Publicity

Region: North East

Role type: Apprenticeship

Posted: 31/3/17

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For possible sources of financial help have a look at the Grants and Funding page.

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