College and sixth form leavers are being given the chance to prove themselves in Wales’ thriving environmental sector.
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has launched an apprenticeship scheme for young people keen to embark on an environmental career.
NRW will hire ten college and sixth form leavers for its Cyfoeth scheme, which provides one to three years paid experience in South and Mid Wales.
The apprentices will be able to gain experience in areas such as flood defence maintenance and incident response, habitat creation and restoration, tree harvesting and recreation within the woodland.
The apprenticeship will enable successful applicants to work towards an industry recognised qualification. They will also have the opportunity to secure a permanent job at NRW. The window for applications is open until 14 August 2015.
The Cyfoeth scheme has previously taken on nine people to work in the organisation’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) team.
Hugh Jones, head of forest operations at Natural Resources Wales said: “With the scheme now extended to include apprenticeships in both conservation and forestry, there’s even more opportunity for young people to learn a profession to create a more skilled workforce for Wales.”