A hands-on training project that has seen nine out of ten previous trainees go on to secure employment or further education recently welcomed its latest intake.
The Skills in Action scheme, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Skills for the Future grant programme, will see five trainees given the opportunity to learn new skills through work-based experience with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Warden and Ranger teams.
The trainees will also attain a Level 2 City and Guilds Diploma in Countryside and Environment with Pembrokeshire College as part of the Modern Apprentice scheme.
Skills in Action Project Co-ordinator for Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Tom Iggleden, said:
“The scheme has been a great success so far, helping ten people learn a range of new skills, complete qualifications and gain experience that have made them more attractive to employers.
“Trainees from the last two intakes have gone on to secure jobs with employers such as the National Trust, Slebech Park Estate and Retreats Group, while others have continued their training either at university or with local employers.
“A few trainees have also been employed by the National Park Authority in a variety of roles and it’s great to see that the project has been successful in improving their career prospects.”
Skills in Action is a £1million partnership between Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and Torfaen County Borough Council. This is the third year of the project, with five trainees working in Pembrokeshire each year; six in Brecon and one in Torfaen.
Trainees working with Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authorities have also attended joint training events, learning skills such as hedge laying and dry stone walling.
National Park Authority Chairman, Cllr Mike James added:
“The Authority is delighted to be a partner in this project, which will give another five trainees a great opportunity to experience how we manage the National Park’s world class landscape as they learn a range of valuable new skills.
“The work undertaken by our Warden and Ranger Teams, such as the maintenance of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, is vitally important not only in terms of maintaining and improving access, but also in supporting the local economy, with the Coast Path generating over £14 million each year.”