Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Young people - the future of conservation

We are committed to passing on our skills and knowledge to the next generation of nature conservation experts. To do this, it is important we can offer fully supported placements and apprenticeships.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

Registered Charity in England and Wales (218711)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation


  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther


United Kingdom


Young people leaving school don't always know how to access a career in nature conservation. Those who have gone to college or university to study a relevant degree often leave without practical experience. We have the skills and knowledge to spend time with these young people to train them up on the job and to help them either decide the next step they would like to take or to give them a proven track record and help them to secure employment in the area they want to pursue.


We provide placements for young people to spend an academic year on placement with us. We will also have places for apprentices to spend two years with us gaining direct experience of a conservation organisation,and working with our partners and receiving full training in a wide range of areas.

  • My two-year traineeship at Cumbria Wildlife Trust has been special and unique as it has given me so much experience, knowledge and direction. The flexible and supportive nature of the Trust has enabled me to do work where my interests already lie, but still develop new skills and confidence.

    — Sian Bentley, Conservation Apprentice, Cumbria Wildlife Trust 2016-2018

  • I am studying Conservation Biology at University of Cumbria. I have just begun my placement with Cumbria Wildlife Trust and I am looking forward to land management work such as peat bog restoration at Foulshaw Moss, that will stand me in good stead for applying for jobs in the conservation sector.

    — Andrew Macaulay, Student placement, Cumbria Wildlife Trust 2018-2020

  • Without this apprenticeship I wouldn’t have been able to gain such a broad range of valuable experiences. I’ve surveyed grey seals and red squirrels; planted trees and hedges; learnt identification skills for flora and fauna; prepared and presented campaign engagement sessions; and so much more.

    — Melanie Shears, Conservation Apprentice Officer, 2018 to 2020