THE Wey & Arun Canal Trust is looking to take on a second apprentice to join it in the restoration of the historic canal, which runs from Shalford in Surrey to Pallingham in West Sussex.
The charity was the first independent canal trust in the UK to take on an apprentice back in 2021 when it recruited Adam Rayner, who on successful completion of his course will soon be joining the trust as a permanent member of staff.
The new Level 3 (A Level) Water Environment Worker apprentice will help guide and lead teams of volunteers in constructing new bridges and will carry out a wide range of waterway and environmental mini projects along the length of the canal as well as maintenance tasks.
The role offers on-the-job training combined with studying both remotely and in person at Bridgwater and Taunton College. Applicants must enjoy working outdoors, be self-motivated, and hold a clean driving licence.
Applicants also require good organisation and problem-solving skills, as well as physical fitness and the ability to communicate well with a wide range of people of all ages.
Training director Margaret Darvill said the apprenticeship offers a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to learn new skills and forge a career in waterway restoration: “Applicants need to be willing to work outside come rain or shine, but the training and experience offered will provide a great avenue for progression within the industry as well as being a lot of fun along the way.”
She added: “We are really proud to have been able to offer Adam the opportunity to learn about waterway management and show how rewarding canal restoration can be, and we are very pleased he is staying with us.”
To apply, please visit www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk and search for Wey & Arun Canal Trust.