Eco Centre Volunteers
A group of our learners who started out as volunteers at our Derbyshire Eco Centre with the Landscape and Site Development Team have gone on to achieve two qualifications and are now embarking on their third.
Jonathan, Jeremy, David, Matthew and Micky started volunteering to help maintain and improve the Eco Centre site. In 2013 the group started on a practical outdoor qualification, the ABC Entry Level 3 Award in Practical Countryside Skills, while continuing to carry out practical tasks. They created new footpaths and a flight of steps, planned and planted raised beds with a 'Tour de France' theme, constructed a new compost area and more.
The course was so successful that in 2015-16 the learner group went on to tackle the ABC Entry Level 3 Certificate in Practical Countryside Skills, which required them to achieve several more units. The delivery of the qualification impressed the ABC External Verifier who said that the course is delivered by a "well-qualified and experienced academic team".
In November, the learners were presented with their new Certificates on the same day as they finished a decorative paved panel of their own design. Our Programme Development Worker, Nikki Wright, said "We owe this group so much. They have worked tirelessly over the last few years carrying out vital maintenance and construction projects to develop the Eco Centre grounds. It is fantastic that they have now achieved two qualifications as a result and are keen to continue this year. We wish them the very best and look forward to presenting them with their Diploma in Practical Countryside Skills in 2016."