The Natural Talent UK programme aims to combat two challenges facing the conservation sector.
The programme aims to lessen the ecological skills gap facing the UK. The programme was conceived as a response to a number of national level strategies which identified a substantial gap in ecological skills across the UK. Secondly, the programme aims to up skill trainees to make them "super employable" in the highly competitive conservation sector. Following the scheme, 92% of trainees either go onto employment in the conservation sector or go into further education.
We will be supporting 12 trainees over two years to become highly knowledgeable and skilled in species and habitat survey work.
Trainees will learn taxonomic, surveying and lab skills along with developing skills in community engagement to enable them to pass on their knowledge learned to local communities. Trainees will be learning about a number of species and habitats including: mudsnails, leafhoppers, micro moths and mud flat, grassland, heathland and shoreline habitats. The trainees will then use their skills developed within the trainee role to feed this information back and engage local communities with these uncharismatic species and habitats.