This morning Jason Ball (our scheme manager) spoke about Exmoor Moorland Apprentices on this morning’s BBC Somerset’s breakfast show, presented by Matt Faulkner.
We appear in the last 5 minutes of the 150 minute clip.
7 days left to listen. Broadcast 11 May 2011 on BBC Somerset.
To help safeguard the skills of Exmoor National Park’s moorland farmers – absolutely vital to the future of the moorland landscape – we are working with the West Somerset Community College and its brilliant College Farm at Minehead. The very keen young students have already undertaken farming work experience and are now enrolling to do more advanced training in Agriculture, or Environmental Conservation.
The apprenticeships are an excellent way to combine work-based learning, underpinned by study at college.
How you can help
Farmers who are keen to pass their skills to the next generation of farmers and land managers can be part of this in 2 ways:
- By working with us to deliver teaching sessions, either on location up on the moors, or at College Farm. The college can help with coaching on how best to get your points across to the young trainees.
- By hosting an apprentice.
Help for employers who host an apprentice
We appreciate that this is a serious commitment for both the employer and trainee. The West Somerset Community College is prepared to support and advise employers with regard to the practicalities and paperwork required.
Extra support for moorland managers
The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership has raised funds to help farmers and other moorland managers to take on an apprentice.
Yes, the best 3 moorland farms can get money from us! But please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested. This is a rare opportunity, not to be repeated!
Benefits for the host employer include:
- Money to help pay the trainee’s weekly wage (top 3 moorland hosts only)
- An apprentice on the farm 4 days per week (the apprenticeship lasts 22 months)
- An ever-developing trainee. Students want to improve knowledge and competence.
- Opportunities to co-operate with other host farms (to fit seasonal work patterns).
Find out more
Download the details: Exmoor Moorland Apprenticeships 2011
All enquiries welcome. Young people interested in being an apprentice should contact Charlie Olive at West Somerset Community College, on 01643 706061.
If you would like to host an Exmoor Moorland Apprentice, please contact us now for an informal chat. Please call Jason Ball on 07875 565 880, Dave Gurnett on 07970 099117, or Charlie Olive on 01643 706061. Or email JPBall@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk