The Branching Out Apprenticeship Project The Branching Out Apprenticeship Project is an initiative which offers 4 woodland management apprenticeships (8 months duration) and 2 greenwood construction apprenticeships (6 months duration) to young people in rural Wales seeking a woodland related career. The project will also host 4 open days on sustainable development and 8 demonstrations at Farmers' Markets. The Apprenticeship Initiative will be one element of a wider project run by Tir Coed – The Branching Out Project. This helps young people, not in employment, education or training, to develop the social and practical skills to follow pathways to employment and become active members of their community. Tir Coed works in two of the most sparsely populated areas of Wales. Our work has been independently evaluated and shown to be successful in developing the skills and abilities of young people. The young people who join Tir Coed projects tell us that they want to move forward with their lives and get out of their current situation, but don’t have the confidence or support to enable this to happen. Thus, for the past 5 years, Tir Coed has worked in partnership with youth referral agencies to deliver woodland‐related training to marginalised young people in need of additional support, helping them to: • Develop their social and vocational skills; • Follow pathways to employment; and • Become active members of their community. The Branching Out ‐ Apprenticeship Project has been developed as a result of direct feedback from young people who have completed Tir Coed training programmes. Young people tell us that our work has: ¾ “Definitely more confidence and the motivation to go out and get a job!” ¾ “It’s changed my ideas, given me direction made me more active ...” ¾ “It’s made me more confident about expressing my opinions” ¾ “I’ve found something that has captivated me!” ¾ “Made me feel more positive about life as a whole! (I’ve) got more idea about what I want to do.” Young people will be invited to apply for the apprenticeship placements. The successful candidates will be trained by experienced Tir Coed Tutors who have worked with Tir Coed for many years and have been key to our proven success.
Results Measurable outcomes that will be achieved by the following dates. 1st September 2012: Project Manager appointed 1st March 2013: 2 woodland management apprentices employed & 1 Open Day hosted. 1st September 2013: 1 greenwood construction apprentice employed, 4 demonstrations at local events or markets & 1 Open Day hosted. 2 woodland management apprentices employed & 1 Open Day hosted. 1st March 2014: 1st September 2014: 1 greenwood construction apprentice employed, 4 demonstrations at local events or markets & 1 Open Day hosted.