En­vi­ron­ment sec­tor gets a cash boost

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

TEN peo­ple are set to be of­fered a help­ing hand to break into the con­ser­va­tion sec­tor – thanks to a cash grant.

AHer­itageLot­teryFund grant of £182,100, awarded un­der its Skills for the Fu­ture pro­gramme, will help en­sure Peter­bor­ough has the skills and ex­pe­ri­ence needed to en­sure the city’s her­itage and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment is looked af­ter in the fu­ture.

The fund­ing is the re­sult of a part­ner­ship bid led by green char­ity Peter­bor­ough En­vi­ron­ment City Trust (PECT), with sup­port from Op­por­tu­nity Peter­bor­ough and Pe- ter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s cen­tral fund­ing unit.

The two-year project is will be de­liv­ered by PECT, which hopes to re­cruit the trainees in De­cem­ber this year.

The project will pro­vide 10 trainees with the prac­ti­cal skills needed to pur­sue a ca­reer in the sec­tor.

Each trainee will re­ceive a tax free bur­sary, and will be placed within a host or­gan­i­sa­tion in­clud­ing Peter­bor­ough Mu­seum, Nene Park Trust, and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil.

Alice Ker­shaw, her­itage re­gen­er­a­tion of­fi­cer for Op­por­tu­nity Peter- bor­ough, said: “There are some fan­tas­tic peo­ple in the city look­ing af­ter our her­itage and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

“How­ever there aren’t the younger gen­er­a­tions com­ing through the ranks to pass this wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence on to.

“We want to en­sure we con­tinue to fo­cus on the en­vi­ron­ment and pre­serve our rich her­itage so this project is re­ally im­por­tant.”

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of PECT Hugh Cripps be­lieves Peter­bor­ough is an ideal place for the project to take place with its wealth of her­itage.

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