Hundreds of young people in Cornwall are stepping up to a new Beach Rangers Academy programme developed by Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Cornwall College Newquay’s Your Shore Beach Ranger Project.
The Academy Training encourages young people aged 16 to 24 to connect with Cornwall’s marine surroundings through a structured programme.
Activities are designed to build confidence, teamwork, communication and other life skills, increase employability and raise awareness
of important environmental issues to a wider audience.
Academy leader Brender Willmott said: “It’s a really exciting opportunity for young people to gain training, awards and rewards that will all make them more employable.
“The Academy recognises the special places we live and encourages young people to celebrate and protect them.”
The Beach Rangers Academy is being run in Newquay at the College and in Falmouth at the Dracaena Centre.
The Trust’s youth engagement officer Jenn Sandiford said: “Enhancing young people’s employability skills while educating them in marine conservation means they become more effective volunteers for local groups.
“It instils best practice so that when they become the future employers and employees, the best practice is already in place which helps the environment.”
Trained Beach Rangers will go on to organise and lead activities that promote the local marine environment to secondary school pupils and the general public.
The Academy is part of the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project, which will be running hundreds of events over the next three years with the aim of engaging thousands of Beach Rangers, school children, and community members by 2020.
A new interactive website has been developed by the Project to help guide people into the programmes.
For more information on the project, please see www.beachrangers.com