Job and training opportunities on offer in rural Northumberland

Northumberland National Park is offering employment and training opportunities to young people.

Monday, 24th May 2021, 1:55 pm

The Park is taking part in the Government’s Kickstart Scheme, aimed at helping 16 to 24-year-olds who receive Universal Credit to gain experience in employment and training.

There will be four six-month placements available in the Park, with roles based between Rothbury and The Sill: National Discovery Centre on Hadrian’s Wall and working across the 400 square miles of the national park.

Northumberland National Park Authority is looking to bring candidates into a range of roles including; assistant ranger, facilities assistant, and welcome team/engagement assistant.

Northumberland National Park is taking part in the Government's Kickstart scheme.

Tony Gates, chief executive, said: “We’re excited to be able to offer these opportunities to young people within the region to come and work in the National Park, the North East’s National Park.

"Not all young people would automatically think of a career in the countryside but learning from our expert team and putting new skills to work at some of the region’s iconic and best loved locations I believe will open minds to new opportunities.

“We believe that giving these young people the chance to work in nature is important, especially in rural areas like Northumberland where our natural environment is such a rich and important resource – we hope that this scheme can help give these young people the skills they need to go forward and to train the next generation to preserve the National Park for the future.”

There are a number of current employees in the Park who started their careers as apprentices.

Hazel Fitzsimmons, head of business support, said: “I began working at the National Park back in 1996 as an apprentice and the Park was a great environment to improve my experience and skillset and to grow within the organisation.

“I’m delighted to see the National Park taking part in the Kickstart Scheme and I look forward to seeing how our new apprentices grow within the organisation and help prepare us for the future.”

Applications close on May 31. to apply interested parties must contact their ‘Job Centre Work Coach’ to generate a registration code then send a CV to [email protected].

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