The Earth Trust is an environmental learning charity that provides great opportunities for people of all ages to discover the environment and the countryside. Our flagship site in Little Wittenham includes the Wittenham Clumps, Little Wittenham Wood, a conservation farm, our national research woodland Paradise Wood, and the River of Life; we also manage community nature reserves in nearby Abingdon, Wallingford and Didcot. Our current suite of festivals, events and activities are focused on families, children and young people’s learning in the outdoors, to inspire everyone to make small changes to their lives and live more sustainably.
We consider the opportunity to continue learning at all ages crucial to building confidence and skills - both for employment and personal aspirations. We provide a range of training, placements and activities which are a significant benefit to everyone. The Earth Trust is a prime location for learning about sustainability and land management – aligning with low carbon business enterprise and skills development in Oxfordshire.
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Oxfordshire Skills Strategy
The Government’s skills strategy, Rigour and responsive in skills, places vocational training at the heart of the skills system. This is echoed in The Oxfordshire Skills Strategy 2020 (Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, 2014) which highlighted: for Oxfordshire to boost its economic advantage and deliver future prosperity in a globally competitive world we need a cohesive approach to generating extensive upskilling opportunities. The vision for the Skills for Tomorrow programme aligns with all five of the Oxfordshire Skills Strategy priorities:
- To meet the needs of local employers through a more integrated and responsive approach to education and training. To encourage more training in priority sectors.
- Creating a skills continuum to support young people through their learning journey. Support young people through school, onto training, further education and employment
- Up-skilling and improving the chances of young people and adults marginalised or disadvantaged from work, based on moving them closer to the labour market.
- To increase the number of apprenticeship opportunities, particularly by Small and Medium Enterprises.
- To explore how we can better retain graduates within Oxfordshire to meet the demand for the higher level skills.