On the 24 September 2018 the Broads Authority welcomed four new apprentices to join their annual apprenticeship scheme.
James Thompson, Harry Oram, Alexander Deane and Joseph Hamilton will be working closely with members of staff, volunteers and Des Drake, Assessor from Easton & Otley College, over the next year to gain a level 2 NVQ in Environmental Conservation. They will also learn 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 Helena Carter, Alice Bushell and Ben Cooper, all of whom have completed their exams.
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 year we welcome our fourth cohort of apprentices and it’s always a privilege to see them develop in their learning. The National Park needs qualified individuals who understand the area and have the skills to maintain it. Our apprenticeship scheme aims to teach young people those skills and sets them up to be in a strong position when vacancies arise. We wish our newly qualified apprentices all the best in their first steps towards the world of work and look forward to supporting our new intake for 2018.”
Ben Cooper said of his time learning with the Broads Authority:
“It’s been a really amazing experience being an apprentice with the Broads Authority. We must have practised for our chainsaw qualification every day of the week in every possible condition! The course has allowed us to see so many places which wouldn’t always be accessible to the public. We’ve even been lucky enough to see a bittern. I think we all feel really fortunate to have had the experiences we have.”
Fellow apprentice Helena Carter added:
“I think we’ve all really grown as people during the course, we’re all a lot more confident.”
James Watts, Senior Operations Technician for the Broads Authority said of the apprentices he had mentored:
“There is an enormous pleasure in being a mentor, it’s a privilege to help young people and see them grow.”
New to the Broads Authority apprenticeship scheme is a role which has been funded by Whitlingham Charitable Trust which will allow one lucky apprentice, Alexander Deane, to complete the same qualifications as the other apprentices but based at Whitlingham Country Park. He will be mentored by Broads Authority Ranger Polly King who in addition to the other practical tasks completed by the apprentices will introduce him to public engagement by attending events and speaking to visitors who enjoy the park.
The Broads Authority wishes its new apprentices a wonderful year of learning and bids a fond farewell to their newly qualified cohort.
Monday 24 September 2018