Council offers outdoor work experience for 16-24-year-olds


Young people in Calderdale will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the great outdoors.

Calderdale council are offering young people aged 16-24 the chance to learn practical outdoor skills and gain valuable work experience to help them be better equipped to secure employment in the countryside and construction sectors.

The Grow Your Future scheme is offering outdoors training for young people in training, education or employment.

Caldedale council recognises that in recent years outdoor skills are being lost in the younger generations.

The council says the environmental sector is struggling to recruit new trainees and says it has responded to this issue by offering a 12 week work experience voluntary placement to a number of young people.

At the end of the three month programme, the Grow Your Future team will work with successful volunteers to match them up with local employers for a period of paid work experience.

Calderdale council’s cabinet member for economy and environment coun Barry Collins said: “This new and innovative project aims to reduce youth unemployment in Calderdale and help young people into outdoor, environmental and construction careers.

“Working outside isn’t for everyone so we’re offering young people practical experience to give them a taste of and a stepping stone into outdoor jobs.”

For anyone interested in the programme there will be two taster days at Mixenden Activty Centre on Monday November 25 and Tuesday November 26 from 10am where people will be given the chance to work with tools, create wildlife habitats and participate in team building excercises such as archery and indoor climbing.

Contact Becky Watts at Calderdale council to book your place on 01422 392249 or email