Young people smiling in the outdoors with spades

New to Nature is an exciting programme of paid work placements in nature-focused roles. This is one of 70 roles that will be created across the UK to encourage young and diverse talent into the Natural Environment sector.

The aim of the programme is to provide life-changing experiences for participants who are disadvantaged in the labour market, whilst building capacity in the environmental sector, making it more inclusive and diverse.

Our focus will be on attracting young and diverse talent from communities currently underrepresented in environmental roles, specifically young people (aged 18-25) who are ethnically diverse, disabled, economically disadvantaged.

New to Nature will be delivered through a partnership of Groundwork, The Prince’s Trust, Disability Rights UK, and Mission Diverse.  It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) as part of the celebrations to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee.  We will be working closely with the Youth Environmental Service to ensure the programme acts as a stepping stone for a longer-term journey of change in the sector.

More information is available from the Groundwork UK website (button below) along with news and blogs, a meet the trainees section, further resources and more!

New to Nature has been an incredibly exciting and unique opportunity for me as my first job in the environmental sector. The sector lacks in diversity and it is difficult for people from disadvantaged backgrounds to break in. My placement at WWF has been amazing, I have gained so much experience which has built my confidence for my career ahead.

Ferozah, 23, New to Nature Trainee at WWF-UK