- Advertisement -


Tuesday, 11 August 2020


Funding for education roles in conservation welcomed

- Advertisement -
A coalition of non-for-profit school residential and educational providers has welcomed the announcement from the Government yesterday pledging £40 million for jobs in nature and conservation. The Access Unlimited coalition particularly welcomed the news that the jobs will include education roles.

CEOs from the organisations which comprise the Access Unlimited coalition, wrote to the government in May urging it to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and bring forward funding intended to support outdoor learning as outlined through the aims of the Landscape Review.

Since coming together earlier this year, the coalition of not-for-profit school residential and educational providers has been working together to create a progressive and planned approach that will help create job opportunities, whilst also equipping young people with essential which will be crucial for a green, motivated, and skilled future workforce. It is vital that there are resources available to engage and teach future generations about nature.

Access Unlimited comprises YHA (England & Wales), The Outward Bound Trust, Field Studies Council, Scouts, Girlguiding, and National Parks England.

James Blake – YHA Chief Executive

Welcoming the government announcement, James Blake, Chief Executive of YHA (England & Wales) said:

“Although this is a great start, the coalition continues to highlight the challenges the outdoor learning and residential sectors are facing because of the pandemic. Our role in connecting millions of young people each year to real experiences in nature, and the benefits this brings to so many, must not be forgotten.”

Nick Barrett, Chief Executive of The Outward Bound Trust, added:

“Our charities have focused on young people, the outdoors and environment for decades. More effort needs to be made for young people from diverse backgrounds to have clear pathways into work in both conservation and outdoor roles. And it is crucial we safeguard the natural landscapes that connect people to nature.”

Simon Carter, Assistant Director of The Scouts, said:

“For 112 years we have championed the need for young people from all walks of life to have opportunities to learn new skills in the great outdoors. It is vital that we ensure that natural landscapes and places that connect people to nature are maintained so that as many young people from all backgrounds can benefit from this enriching experience.”

Chief Executive of the Field Studies Council (FSC), Mark Castle, said:

“We must invest in skills training to protect our natural environment. As a charity focused on first-hand environmental experiences, the Field Studies Council knows how young people are under-represented and need accessible training routes into conservation. There are too few opportunities for young people to gain the confidence to use biodiversity skills and knowledge in volunteer and professional roles.”

Further details of the Access Unlimited coalition and its request to the government, can be viewed at https://livemore.yha.org.uk/yha-news/access-unlimited-case-for-support.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Stay Connected


Must Read

Air ambulance call on East Anglia to help run 2,000 miles next month

TOGETHER We Run is a new fundraising challenge from East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) which is encouraging the people of East Anglia to pledge...

Charity makes call for research into COVID-19 to help protect children

DIRECTOR of Research at Action Medical Research, Dr Tracy Swinfield explains: “Medical research is underway to help beat COVID-19 but there is a lack...
- Advertisement -

Employment News

Professor Sir Robert Burgess to step down as NatCen’s Chair of Trustees

The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) has announced that Professor Sir Robert Burgess will step down next year as Chair of the Board...

New Director of External Affairs to lead renewable energy mission

A leading charity in the renewable energy sector has appointed an experienced Director of External Affairs as it steps up its efforts to influence...

Four new trustees join The Migraine Trust’s board

The Migraine Trust has announced four new trustees. They are leading migraine specialist Professor Peter Goadsby, former chief executive Wendy Thomas, and GPs with...

Related News

Dad runs 49 miles from Edinburgh to Glasgow in Spider-man costume for children’s hospital charities

BRAVE Dad and ex-army man Dave Roper ran 49 miles from Edinburgh to Glasgow at the weekend in a Spiderman costume, all to raise...

An introduction to new UK Charity Week Gold Partner Kindred

Kindred is a UK Social Enterprise created with one goal - to become the largest aggregated charitable donor in the world.  Supporting over 40,000 charities already,...

New research shows pandemic restrictions have impacted men’s mental health

SAMARITANS shares new research on how lockdown measures have affected men, as they launch their Real People, Real Stories campaign, supported by the rail...

Care boost for veterans after staff qualify to prescribe medication

A Lead Nurse and a Lead Physiotherapist at Royal Star & Garter have become the first members of staff in the charity’s care homes...

COVID-19 helps disability charity recruit more staff in two months than over previous two years

THE coronavirus pandemic has provided a surprising benefit for a North Yorkshire disability charity. Over the last two months, Disability Action Yorkshire has been able...
- Advertisement -