Earth Trust Apprenticeship taster opportunities

Earth Trust is an environmental learning charity which encourages people to explore the natural world and sustainability. The charity provide opportunities that make sustainable choices seem possible, meaningful and fun for people in their everyday lives. They do this in a variety of ways, one of which is their Skills for Tomorrow programme – upskilling opportunities for all - which launched its first Apprenticeship opportunities in April 2016.

Earth Trust currently has 3 fantastic Apprentices - Sophie, Isabel and George - working in the following key areas:

  • Marketing and Communications 
  • Marketing and Fundraising
  • Land Management

You can read what they have to say about their Apprenticeships on the Earth Trust website.

Experience what it's like to be an Apprentice

Earth Trust is launching an opportunity for three lucky people - who are currently in Year 10 or above - to shadow the three Apprentices, on a one to one basis, for one whole week this summer. These Apprenticeship tasters will provide enthusiastic individuals - who are keen to understand more about how Apprenticeships work and what’s involved – an opportunity to experience a week in the shoes of an Apprentice and have a fantastic face to face opportunity to ask all your burning questions. The placement duration is 5 working days, but the start date is flexible and would be agreed with the successful candidate and the Apprentice. 

The application process will open at the end of May. As part of the learning process, you will be asked to complete an online application form. Please note the form will not be available online until the end of May 2017, when it will be located at http://www.earthtrust.org.uk/Learn/SkillsforTomorrow/Apprenticeships.aspx. The Apprentices themselves will be leading the selection process and will call potentially suitable candidates to a face to face chat - to give them the opportunity to experience a process of recruitment similar to applying for an Apprenticeship. 

Recruitment will take place on a rolling basis, which means that the opportunities are advertised and suitable applicants are invited for a ‘mock interview’ chat as applications come in. As soon as the ideal candidate is found, they will be accepted as a volunteer placement, a start date agreed and the advert for that taster will be withdrawn.

Any queries regarding this opportunity please contact volunteering@earthtrust.org.uk.

NB Applications will only be accepted via the online form, which will be available at the end of May 2017.

What’s it like to be an Apprentice at Earth Trust?

To give you an idea of what it’s like to be an Apprentice at Earth Trust, here’s what Sophie, Isabel and George have to say. Read more from them on the Earth Trust website.

Sophie, Marketing and Fundraising Apprentice: “It is a very dynamic environment, every day is different. I have worked on a wide range of projects and activities since I started here, including helping to plan and run two fundraising appeals, conducting research into potential corporate partners and undertaking some of the administration relating to our membership schemes. Everybody is so welcoming and supportive, always willing to help and offer their knowledge and experience in order to help me make the most out of this opportunity.”

Isabel, Marketing and Communications Apprentice: “One day I might be writing the weekly postcard, the next helping look after a group of (always energetic!) children at one of our events, the next be making a PowerPoint presentation for the attainment of my qualification, and the next be filming or editing a video for an appeal. I think it’s this aspect of the Apprenticeship that is the most rewarding - there’s no lack of opportunity to get your hands dirty, get involved and try something new!”

George, Land Management Apprentice: "I get to spend most of my time out and about on the Earth Trust Farm, working with volunteers and colleagues doing a wide variety of practical conservation and estate management tasks: tree planting, site wardening, fencing, logging – just a few examples of some of the many tasks my role entails. I get to go on training courses specific to my industry, last year I completed chainsaw maintenance and small tree felling, this year I am hoping to do a tractor driving course.”

Pictured above is Izzie introducing a hedgehog to some Wildlife Wednesday visitors and below, George and Sophie hard at work!