New Trainees Katie and George O.

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.”

Trainee Katie surveying bluebells

Trainee Katie surveying bluebells

Trainee Katie


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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