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Training in countryside skills

We are creating a new generation of skilled people, qualified to look after the valley’s landscape.

Early in the project we identified that there were not enough people around with heritage-related skills. We realised we needed to offer training. By working with national training bodies we made sure that our trainees would get recognised qualifications.

We are aiming to help up to 60 people attain certification in subjects like hedge-laying, drystone-walling and building paths. The skills that people work on can be converted into a City and Guilds accredited unit.

The scheme has attracted a wide range of people. Some of our trainees have no previous qualifications, others are adding a practical qualification to an academic degree.

...this course covers the things we will be working on in the valley - a beautiful way to offer accreditation

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Hear Niki Dyas from the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust talk about the benefits of this project