Skills for the Future - a Wild Career

In 2011 Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, in partnership with Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust was awarded a grant of £409,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) under its Skills for the Future programme for the 'A Wild Career' project.


My placement at Highgate Common has been thoroughly enjoyable and 100% worthwhile. I have learnt valuable skills during the course of the year.

Vicki Liu (Trainee)
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

The Wild Career project focuses on the skills required by today's natural heritage conservation worker - a combination of practical traditional conservation skills, together with the ability to engage with volunteers and members of the public, using a range of traditional and modern tools and techniques. It provides the opportunity for five individuals per annum (9 from 2013) to take on a bursary placement with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Shropshire Wildlife Trust , Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust .

Training is provided in the ecology, behaviour and identification of species as well as the techniques required to manage and improve access to the habitats maintained by each Trust. Each Trust will provide on the job work based training for their trainees who are also mentored in community engagement skills and volunteer management skills, learning about new and innovative ways to engage a diverse range of people in natural environmental heritage skills. The trainees also develop associated interpersonal skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork and project management to prepare them for the job market.

Recruitment for the next cohort of trainees will begin early in 2015 with candidates starting in March 2015. To view the application pack, please click here.

For more information contact;

 Amanda Evans,Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
 0121 704 0768

I have thoroughly enjoyed my placement at both the Wildlife Trust and Middlemarch. During this time, I have sampled two different careers in environmental conservation. The placement has made me more determined than ever to work in conservation.

Ceri Rapsey (Trainee)
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust 

To see how last year’s trainees got on download their case studies.


My placement at Shropshire Wildlife Trust has been amazing, enlightening and at times surreal. It’s been a catalyst into a whole new life for me and I don’t think I could have made that change otherwise.

Sara Pearce (Trainee)
Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Skills for the Future
The Heritage Lottery Fund's Skills for the Future programme is supporting heritage organisations across the UK to create new training places. Grants range from £100,000 to £1million for a number of traineeships with an emphasis on high-quality work-based training. The programme will help equip organisations to engage with the widest possible range of people and inspire them to get involved with heritage.

Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 33,900 projects, allocating £4.4billion across the UK. Visit the Heritage Lottery Fund web site.

For more information please contact;
 Katie Owen, Heritage Lottery Fund Press Office
 020 7591 6036
 07973 613820

I have had the most wonderful year and experienced things that I would never have been able to if it hadn’t been for this placement. I have learnt a lot and these skills will enable me to carve the career that I have always wanted, but until now, not been able to do.

Nicole Jackson (Trainee)
Shropshire Wildlife Trust

This training placement has given me the opportunity to learn new skills, develop the ones I already had and most importantly the confidence and belief in myself to use them.

Laura Ashfield (Trainee)
Birmingham and Black Country