Trainee Rhys joins BVCP team

Rhys has joined us as Trainee Ranger, a full time staff position which forms part of the Government’s Traineeship Plus Scheme. The 6-month placement is supported through the HCC Hampshire Youth Investment Programme, which is “designed to support vulnerable young people to develop the skills for apprenticeships and sustainable employment”. Trainees are paid a wage by the scheme and also attain a Prince’s Trust Qualification.

With the success of fellow trainee Callum last year, it’s great to be able to continue to support these young people with their personal development. Rhys has been getting on great with the volunteers and other staff, and getting stuck into the less glamorous tasks like chipping and litter-picking from the boat. Today we went out to cut back the car park at Moor Green Lakes and complete his hedgetrimmer and strimmer training.

Ranger Stuart

“I like doing this [Traineeship] because it’s always outdoors and is very active keeping me on my toes. Also it’s very funny talking with all the staff because they all have a sense of humour.  I did the Hampshire Traineeship so I’m not sitting indoors being lazy and actually earning a wage getting motivated every day.” Trainee Rhys

Rhys learning strimming

Rhys learning strimming

Rhys hedge trimming car park

Rhys hedge trimming car park

Ranger Stuart


About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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