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Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Skills in Action trainees: With Authority Chairman Cllr Mike James and Chief Executive Tegryn Jones

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Skills in Action trainees: With Authority Chairman Cllr Mike James and Chief Executive Tegryn Jones

A HANDS-ON training project, that has seen nine out of 10 previous trainees go on to secure employment or further education, recently welcomed its latest intake.

The Skills in Action scheme, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Skills for the Future grant programme, will see five trainees given the opportunity to learn new skills through work-based experience with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Warden and Ranger teams.

The trainees will also attain a Level 2 City and Guilds Diploma in Countryside and Environment with Pembrokeshire College as part of the Modern Apprentice scheme.

Tom Iggleden, Skills in Action Project Co-ordinator for Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, said: “The scheme has been a great success so far, helping 10 people learn a range of new skills, complete qualifications and gain experience that has made them more attractive to employers.

“Trainees from the last two intakes have gone on to secure jobs with employers such as the National Trust, Slebech Park Estate and Retreats Group, while others have continued their training either at university or with local employers.

“A few trainees have also been employed by the National Park Authority in a variety of roles and it’s great to see that the project has been successful in improving their career prospects.”

Skills in Action is a £1 million partnership between Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and Torfaen County Borough Council. This is the third year of the project, with five trainees working in Pembrokeshire each year, six in Brecon and one in Torfaen.

Trainees working with Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authorities have also attended joint training events, learning skills such as hedge laying and dry stone walling.

Cllr Mike James, National Park Authority Chairman, added: “The Authority is delighted to be a partner in this project, which will give another five trainees a great opportunity to experience how we manage the National Park’s world class landscape as they learn a range of valuable new skills.

“The work undertaken by our Warden and Ranger Teams, such as the maintenance of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, is vitally important not only in terms of maintaining and improving access, but also in supporting the local economy, with the Coast Path generating over £14 million each year.”

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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