Doncaster scheme is ‘pioneering’

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A group of young trainees have praised a Yorkshire trust as they are set to complete their year-long work-based diplomas.

Trainees at The Wildlife Trust’s Skills For Wildlife programme, which has been running across Yorkshire and Derbyshire said the scheme had given them the chance to visit ‘extraordinary locations’ and gain experience at a ‘pioneering organisation’.

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, met the students at the town’s Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, before being led on a guided tour of the site.

The youngsters, aged 16 to 25, were supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and gained a work-based diploma in environmental conservation as well as on-the-job experience of countryside management.

Student Elysha Priest said: “The traineeship has given us a unique opportunity to develop and enhance our skills and knowledge,

“We have all thoroughly enjoyed the traineeship and loved being able to be a part of such a pioneering organisation, especially having had the chance to visit extraordinary locations and seeing the fantastic wildlife they have to offer.”