Caring for our environment, Investing in our schools, Young people

Council takes on countryside trainees

From left to right:
John Edwards (SCC Countryside Management and Biodiversity Manager)
Ashley Walmsley (Trainee)
Rachel O’Hara (SCC, Heritage Skills Project Coordinator)
Charlotte Franks (Trainee)
Jackie Lake (SCC, Senior Countryside Project Development Officer)

Three countryside trainees have been taken on as part of Surrey County Council’s efforts to help young people get work skills.

Surrey has set a goal of filling 100 apprenticeship places by next April as it seeks to ensure all 16-19 year olds in Surrey are in education training or employment by 2015.

The recruits will learn about looking after Surrey’s heathland and woodland as part of the countryside management team. Three trainees have just completed a similar scheme, which was also supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Tim Hall, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Learning, said: “Continuing to create these trainee roles is part of our goal of making sure nobody in Surrey is classed as not in education, employment or training (NEET) by 2015.

“Although the number of NEETs in Surrey is very low compared to the national average, it is important we do all we can to create opportunities that prepare today’s young people for a successful future.”

Surrey has one of the lowest number of young people considered NEET in the country with less than four in a hundred being classed as such. The national average is more than six in a hundred.

Media requiring more information should contact Jacob Leverett in Surrey County Council’s media relations team on 0208 541 9419 or


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