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Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week

It's National Apprenticeship Week (6th-10th March 2017)! We recruited our first three apprentices in September 2016 (a fourth apprenticeship will be available shortly); here's your opportunity to meet them...

Sophie Bryan, Marketing and Fundraising Apprentice

Sophie at her desk

“Before I became a Marketing and Fundraising Apprentice for the Earth Trust last September, I had little workplace experience, having come straight from completing my A-Levels. I didn’t want to go to university and when I found the apprenticeship here, I knew it was something I would be interested in. The opportunity sounded unique in what it offered, and I have been to Wittenham Clumps numerous times as a child, and have fond memories of the area.

“It is a very dynamic environment; every day is different. I have worked on a wide range of projects and activities since I started here six months ago including helping to plan and run two fundraising appeals, assisting in the transition to a new CRM database, conducting research into potential corporate partners and undertaking some of the administration relating to our membership schemes.

“An apprenticeship (mine is with Aston Training) is the perfect opportunity to learn new skills and gain vital workplace experience, and I am thoroughly enjoying my time at the Earth Trust! Everybody is so welcoming and supportive, always willing to help and offer their knowledge and experience in order to help me make the most out of this opportunity.

“This experience has been fantastic, and has definitely encouraged me to pursue a career in marketing in the future. I am excited for the next six months, where I’m sure there will be plenty more opportunities for me to explore and enjoy.”

George Cooper, Land Management Apprentice


“I started my apprenticeship in Work-based Environmental Conservation last year in October and having been in work for 10 years already I found no issues in settling into my new job. I hit the ground running! I was out in the field on my first day helping with forestry work.

"As a Land Management Apprentice I get to spend most of my time out and about on the Earth Trust Farm, working with volunteers and colleagues doing a wide variety of practical conservation and estate management tasks: tree planting, site wardening, fencing, logging – just a few examples of some of the many tasks my role entails.

"As part of my apprenticeship I get to go on training courses specific to my industry, last year I completed chainsaw maintenance and small tree felling, this year I am hoping to do a tractor driving course. I get one day a week to complete my coursework set by Abingdon & Witney College, and once a month I am assessed on a practical task. I am fortunate that my colleagues support me whenever they can to help me complete this.

"So far I have really enjoyed my work with the Earth Trust and am looking forward to the next 6 months and what it has to offer me.”

Isabel Hauer, Marketing and Communications Apprentice

"Despite it feeling like just yesterday, 6 months have passed since I began a Marketing and Communications Apprenticeship at the Earth Trust (with Abingdon & Witney College). Before working here, I’d never even had a weekend job, let alone a full time commitment in an office environment. I didn’t know what to expect, and still I find myself in the same boat many mornings as I arrive at work, due to the huge range of tasks that I get up to: one day I might be writing the weekly postcard, the next helping look after a group of (always energetic!) children at one of our events, the next be making a PowerPoint presentation for the attainment of my qualification, and the next be filming or editing a video for an appeal. I think it’s this aspect of the apprenticeship that is the most rewarding - there’s no lack of opportunity to get your hands dirty, get involved and try something new!  

"A year ago I had no plans to enter into the world of work, certainly not in the context of a marketing apprenticeship, but I’m incredibly happy that this is where I’ve ended up; I’ve gained invaluable skills, experience and confidence and have met like-minded people, all whilst gaining a qualification and earning some £££!" 


Isabel (right) introducing a rather shy hedgehog to some Wildlife Wednesday visitors.

Abingdon & Witney College   Oxfordshire Apprenticeships

Aston Training

6th March 2017