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.
“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