Woodland and construction apprentice

  • Company: Little Gate Farm
  • Location: Beckley, Rye,East Sussex
  • Salary: 3.70
  • Contact Email: clairecordell@littlegate.org.uk

Description

Currently we are looking for a enthusiastic young person  who want to work outdoors,learning how to manange and coppice a woodland, using coppiced chestnut wood to make round wooden structures, which are aesthetic, practical and well designed with wood that is sourced from our woodland. The work is physical and creative and a team approach is essential. The project is led by David Buildings and estates manager, who has been a builder for many years. He is currently building a woodland and enterprise village for our young rangers club.

Specific tasks include:

Working as part of a team to coppice and manage the ancient and semi-natural woodland.

Building round wood building, with grass roof

Construct disabled access composting eco tree bogs and shower blocks from extracted chestnut
Create Outside cooking areas
Extracting wood from woodland for builds
Making good Rises and walk ways into the woodland.
All types of building work and maintenance will be included, including, roofing plumbing, plastering, and carpentry.

About Little Gate Farm skills centre

Little Gate Farm is a registered charity (1153584) which supports adults and children with Learning Disabilities & Autism. Our goal is to create new opportunities for paid work for people who are currently excluded from employment. We run 4 projects which take place at our 46-acre farm and in workplaces in Hastings & Bexhill.
• Work Training for adults with Learning Disabilities
• Supported Employment 
• Woodland Enterprise 
• Young Rangers Holiday Club for children and young people

What are they looking for?

A• Physically able to carry and move wood, and get involved in the coppicing of the woodland.
• Work well within a team of staff and  volunteers, and have a desire to learn and share woodcraft skills.
• Enjoy working outside even when the weathers terrible, be prepared and bring weather protective clothing with them.
• Be enthusiastic, reliable and trustworthy, and support the aims of the charity.
• Have a DBS or be prepared to get one.
• Full training given

Practical Considerations 

You will need to get to the farm independently as there is no bus service.

Career progression

There are many pathways leading form a woodland apprenticeship, futher study, careers with larger orgs like forestry commision and woodland trust. Many go onto self employment. our last woodland apprentice is currently completing his degree in: Forest Management at Cumbria.

 

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