Countryside Skills is a 12-Week structured programme to help young people aged 16-24 gain recognised qualifications to enable progression to apprenticeships or improved employment prospects working in rural countryside jobs.

If you are aged 16 to 24, and want to get the right skills for a career in Countryside work, then this could be an  ideal programme. The Countryside Skills programme will support you to improve your quality of life, gain new skills and qualifications and enhance your opportunities to progress to an apprenticeship or find employment.

Course members will:

  • Gain qualifications in an accredited LANTRA Level 2 Certificate in Land-based Activities, Health and Safety, and First Aid.
  • Skill Build: developing practical skills such as: Conservation and Using tools in an outdoor setting.
  • Focus on employment: Career planning, volunteering and team work.
  • Site management & field survey experience with North East Wales Wildlife
  • At the end of the traineeship, course members will have a good understanding of the skills required for a career in land based employment.

Case Study: Tony
“I moved schools 7 times in my teens, never settling down enough to learn and although I went to college because of family breakdown, the past caught up with me and I suffered severe anxiety and depression.  I needed a new start and applied for the Countryside Skills project as I wanted to work outside and learn new practical skills. I needed more qualifications to progress with my life but the course gave me the confidence to apply for a course in Youth and Community Work at University.”


“Leading up to the interview my anxieties flared up, but due to support from the programme, I focused on my future and managed to confidently talk about my experiences, including the Countryside Skills project. I want to continue to work in communities and help young people like me who are struggling to progress with their lives, I’ve been through a lot and believe I can help others because of my own personal experiences.”

Tony was delighted to receive 2 unconditional offers and he will start a BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work degree in September 2018.

Click here for Countryside skills leaflet 

To find out more, please contact Lisa Jones Project Manager at Groundwork North Wales on 01978 757524 [email protected]