Katie and George O. have joined us as Trainee Rangers, a 3 day a week staff position which forms part of the Government’s Traineeship Plus Scheme. The 10-week placement is supported through the Hampshire County Council – 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 bursary and receive training in functional skills and personal development.
“My name is Katie and I have been working with Blackwater Valley for 3 days now as a trainee. I spend 3 days a week working with the countryside rangers and 1 day training in Winchester to develop skills in customer services and wildlife. I aspire to be a vet nurse, meaning after my course I will go back to studying in college. Already I have covered volunteering, path surfacing, litter picking and surveying native bluebells. My traineeship is on going for the next two months with Hampshire Futures.”