Environment sector gets a cash boost
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.