The purpose of the Conservation and Agriculture Apprenticeship is to offer experiences to local conservationists by working in the National Park and among the Carneddau Project Partners. The Apprenticeship lasts for a year and during this period, my time was divided between the National Park and the National Trust and I am undertaking a Conservation college course with Coleg Cambria at the same time. To prepare, I have a BSc degree in Zoology and Animal Behavior from Bangor University, and I volunteered with the Partnership for a year after I graduated. I’m also local to the Carneddau, having grown up in Bethesda and so my knowledge of the National Park and the Carneddau was of a satisfactory standard.

Since I started the Conservation and Agriculture Apprenticeship in July, I have had varied and unforgettable experiences. I started off with sufficient knowledge about the conservation of the Carneddau and I was relatively familiar with the landscape and agriculture. Now, I feel that I am much more informed about the important work that goes on and I have especially learned more about the tree species and wildlife of the National Park. One of my favorite parts of the work since I started has been learning how to process and grow our trees. I have had a lot of fun with volunteers and school groups collecting seeds for us to process and it has been a pleasure to work in our tree nurseries to grow all the seeds that we collected.

I have especially enjoyed learning about my home. The opportunities to learn about the history and archeology is endless and I look forward to teaching my family and friends about what I’ve learnt about our native area. The advantages, such as speaking on Radio Cymru, filming with the RSPB and meeting popular authors are all exciting, but I am sure that the experiences of teaching myself and others about the importance of the Carneddau will be the ultimate reward from this year. By following the guidance of the Carneddau Partnership staff as well as the advice of previous Apprentices I’ve had the benefits of brilliant training and insights. I feel that the Apprenticeship provides varied work days if you have a passion for conservation and habitat protection in the National Park. I’ve had so much fun and learned so much since I started and I can’t wait to complete the rest of the Apprenticeship.

Read more about Sophie’s time as an apprentice by following the link to her blog.

Sophie’s Blog

Podcast

Listen to Sophie talk about her experience as an apprentice in the podcast below (Welsh medium only).

Sophie's Podcast
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