Inspiring the Conservation Workforce of the Future

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Inspiring the next generation of conservation volunteers has been something that The Conservation Volunteers have long been passionate about. In today’s environmental climate, providing people with the right skills to protect and preserve the natural environment is more important than ever.

Trainees taking part in practical conservation work (TCV)
Trainees taking part in practical conservation work (TCV)

Traineeships are effectively supporting an increasing number of young people into employment, with 75% of trainees gaining employment, taking up an apprenticeship or going on to further study within the first year of completing the programme.

We believe that training should be at the heart of any organisation that works with young people, providing them with practical and transferable skills that aid them to not only gain employment, but in their day-to-day lives.

The Conservation Volunteers have a long history of providing our volunteers with the opportunities to upskill through a variety of training courses across the UK, enabling people to expand their skill set whilst alleviating the gap in transferable skills that has been identified within the conservation sector.

Through our traineeships, we provide people with individual training plans based on their needs and the skills they wish to gain from the programme, as well as ensuring that the needs of their local environment are considered as well.

5 trainees alongside Amy Styles, WildSkills Team Leader (TCV)
5 trainees alongside Amy Styles, WildSkills Team Leader (TCV)

Developing skills is of course a vital part of our traineeships, but it is the experience and confidence gained that also positively impacts the trainees when progressing into further training or employment with The Conservation Volunteers and other organisations after the programme is complete.

With over 60 years of experience working to improve and protect the UK’s natural environment, our team of experts are ideally positioned to provide the best possible training opportunities.

One of our award-winning traineeship programmes WildSkills initially launched in Scotland last year with 5 trainees, who have successfully developed their skills and confidence working outdoors, within their communities and in practical conservation.

“From the start the trainees have shown adaptability and resilience. They have turned their hand to a range of tasks, engaged with varying volunteers from different backgrounds and with different abilities. What the trainees excel at is bringing their individuality, their new exciting ideas, and their enthusiasm for The Conservation Volunteers and the work we do,” said Amy Styles, WildSkills Team Leader.

At The Conservation Volunteers, we are pleased to announce that we have successfully secured funding through the generous and continued support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery to launch a new traineeship programme in England this year.

WildSkills Traineeship in Scotland (TCV)
WildSkills Traineeship in Scotland (TCV)

This traineeship will be launched in early 2020 and aims to provide 16 – 29 year olds who face some form of barrier to employment with the skills and opportunities to start a career in the conservation sector.

Participants will be immersed in a wide range of conservation and environmental activities, by shadowing and supporting Senior Project Officers to develop skills in practical conservation, biodiversity and community engagement.

“TCV has a long, proud history of training the future workforce in the sector and I benefitted from similar training many years ago. These traineeships will act as a step on to the ladder for young people who are passionate about people and green spaces and want to embark on a green career, and we’re grateful to the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for making the programme possible,” said Darren York, CEO of The Conservation Volunteers.

WildSkills Traineeship in Scotland (TCV)
WildSkills Traineeship in Scotland (TCV)

Our traineeships are open to anyone with a passion to work in the conservation sector. Traditionally, these traineeships see an abundance of applications from graduates of environmental science-based degrees, however all The Conservation Volunteers ask is that you have an interest in the work that we do and a keenness to learn more; no experience necessary.

If you fit the criteria for our new traineeship and are keen to pursue a career in the conservation sector, make sure to follow us on Twitter (@TCVtweets) to keep up to date with announcements in the coming months.

First published in CJS Focus on Volunteering in association with The Conservation Volunteers on 10 Febraury 2020. Read the full issue here

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