Environmental learning charity Earth Trust launches new Apprenticeship programme

Oxfordshire based environmental learning charity Earth Trust has launched an exciting new Apprenticeship programme which will help young people develop skills and confidence with the aspiration that they will go on to find jobs locally and help boost business across the county. 

The Apprenticeship programme is the latest addition to the ways people can get involved with the Earth Trust, learning about the natural world and looking after it for future generations. The first four Apprentices will experience different aspects of the charity’s work, with on-the-job training in land management on the Earth Trust Farm and its woodlands, marketing and events, fundraising and business administration.

The Earth Trust is well known for the iconic Wittenham Clumps. The nature reserve is the most visited free wildlife site in the south east with over 150,000 visits a year. Earth Trust works hard to look after this important and much-loved local greenspace.

The Land Management Apprentice will gain skills in managing and maintaining habitats for wildlife and visitors alike.

The Marketing and Fundraising Apprentice will work across all areas of fundraising, including building Earth Trust’s supporter base, utilising skills in marketing and communications to support fundraising initiatives. 

The Marketing and Communications Apprentice will support the busy Communications and Engagement Team, engaging with the thousands of visitors the Trust receives each year, including over 3,800 pupils attending Earth School sessions, 11,500 individuals attending festivals such as Lambing weekends and almost 2000 people attending our courses and workshops.

The Business Administration Apprentice will provide crucial support for the day-to-day running of the organisation, particularly the Earth Trust Centre including the booking of Fison Barn and running the café at events, as well as gaining valuable experience of a busy office environment.

The opportunities close on 31st July.

Successful candidates will be followed throughout their training and will share their experiences via photos, blogs and social media posts.

Find out more about the new Apprenticeships at: http://www.earthtrust.org.uk/Learn/SkillsforTomorrow/Apprenticeships.aspx

Jayne Manley, CEO of the Earth Trust said: “These Apprenticeships are likely to be very attractive to young people; the Earth Trust is a pretty unique organisation that works with communities to find practical solutions to environmental challenges: local food, farming, water and the impacts of diseases like ash dieback on our woodlands. These are all important issues in Oxfordshire as well as across the UK and the Apprentices will get involved in these projects and more.”