On the 25th September 2017 the Broads Authority welcomed three new apprentices to join their annual apprenticeship scheme.
Helena Carter, Alice Bushel and Ben Cooper will be working with members of staff, volunteers and college invigilators over the next year to gain a City & Guilds Level 2 in Work-based Environmental Conservation. Whilst learning a wealth of practical skills gaining certificates in RYA level 2 powerboat, first aid, chainsaw felling & crosscut, strimmer & clearing saw to LANTRA standard and the safe use of pesticides (PA1 & PA6).
Coming to the end of their apprenticeship are Nick Turner, Sam Youngs and Al D’Esposito. All of whom have completed the program. Of the apprenticeship Nick said,
“I’ve grown up around the Broads, using them and enjoying them, it’s just really rewarding doing a job where you’re giving something back. I really don’t think that there has ever been a day that I didn’t enjoy.”
Head of HR for the Broads Authority, Lucy Pointer, explained why the scheme is so important for the Broads National Park and valuable for the apprentices:
“This really is a great spring-board for any young person that wants to work in a National Park or any other outdoors, conservation organisation. We are particularly pleased to welcome two female apprentices in a sphere which has traditionally attracted greater male interest.”
Many roles within the Broads National Park require a unique blend of specific skills and experience making it more difficult to recruit applicants that tick all the boxes so when these positions do arise the apprentices will be ideally placed to fill them.
All three of this year’s apprentices are keen to go on to work for the Broads Authority in a permanent position and will be working as volunteers to keep their skills up-to-date. They have worked in partnership with volunteers over the course of their apprenticeship, with Al saying,
“The different skill sets of the volunteers was a massive help, some of them have been in the Army or worked in other ‘hands on’ jobs, -that really comes in useful when you’re trying to learn something new, they’re always on hand to help you out.”
Apprentice Sam said “My favourite part of the course was learning to use a chainsaw, but I also got the chance to drive a 54ft, 60 tonne mud wherry, which is something I never imagined I would be able do.”
All three apprentices are now uniquely skilled, having learnt many transferable techniques as well as Broads-specific ones.
A further triumph for this year’s cohort is their recent shortlisting as a Finalist in the Business Culture Awards 2017, in the Public/Not-For-Profit Business and Next Generation categories, in which they are competing against the likes of Hilton and NHS Foundation Trusts, illustrating just how vital these apprenticeships are.
Wednesday 27 September 2017