Funding boost for Wildlife training course

Trainees on the Wildlife Conservation course
Trainees on the Wildlife Conservation course

A wildlife training programme has recieved a cash boost of more than £300,000.For the last year and a half, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has been working with Sheffield and Derbyshire Trusts to deliver the Skills for Wildlife training programme for young people aged 16- 19.

The scheme has been very successful, with the first group of youngsters gaining Diplomas in Environmental Conservation, First Aid Certificates and Brushcutter tickets before they completed the training this March.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has now announced an additional grant of £326,000 to allow the project to run for another year.

The trainees will learn a variety of heritage conservation skills.

Trainee Sophie Knowler said ‘It would have taken me years to gain the experience I’ve had over the last year if it weren’t for the Skills for Wildlife project and this has enabled me to get a job in animal conservation’

To find out more about being a Skills for Wildlife Trainee contact Rachel on 0114 2634335, email r.stevenson@wildsheffield.com for more information.