Tamara Scheme announces pioneering training project for the Tamar Valley

The first of over 20 apprenticeship, foundation and internship training opportunities has been announced by the Tamara Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The first role is a National Trust assistant ranger apprenticeship, which has been jointly funded in partnership with the National Trust (see www.nationaltrustjobs.org.uk). The apprenticeship will last 18 months, and the successful applicant will work to protect and improve the health and wildlife richness of the Trust’s Cotehele Estate. It is hoped that over five apprenticeships will be made available as Tamara Trainees over the next three years, three of which will be with the National Trust.

The Tamara Trainees project aims to improve job prospects of those living in and around the Tamar Valley and to provide support for local businesses. The project will provide a host of training opportunities, from apprenticeships to internships, for both the rural and urban populations and remove barriers which may have stopped some people from taking up training opportunities in the past.

Chris Harris, Tamara Trainees Project Officer says:

“We’re delighted to be working with the National Trust to deliver our first apprenticeship. The Tamara Trainees project will provide a wide variety of training opportunities for the communities that live in and around the Tamar Valley. Sadly, for some groups there are barriers to accessing training, including a lack of time or money, and we are working to correct that by working with the right organisations to deliver the project. It’s vital that people, no matter their situation, are given the chance to access excellent training and learn skills and build confidence to improve their prospects of employment and ensure they have happy, fruitful careers.”

George Holmes, Lead Ranger from the National Trust says:

“We are really excited to be working with the Tamara Landscape Partnership which has enabled this fantastic opportunity. The successful applicant will spend their time learning and developing their practical skills alongside the rangers on the Cotehele estate which is a wonderful setting with an incredible amount of diversity. They will be part of a wider cohort of apprentices who are based at National Trust properties across the country, and this will position that person in a great place to take on a career as a ranger.”

The Tamara Landscape Partnership Scheme aims to create a brighter future for the Tamar Valley and its communities by working with farmers, landowners and communities to manage and enhance landscapes that are rich in wildlife, as well as cultural and historic heritage. Projects will help improve access to special places and to promote ways for people to enjoy the landscape whilst improving their health, wellbeing and providing training opportunities. With match-funding commitments from other partners, the total to be invested across the Tamar Valley landscape until 2025 will be £3.2 million.

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