Our Youth Fellowship Programme

Get involved with the Trust's decision-making and help shape our future, whilst developing your knowledge and skillsets to enhance your own career prospects.

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We have now closed our Youth Fellowship opportunities for 2021.

But don't worry, we will be reopening applications in Spring 2022, so keep an eye on our social channels and this page for more information nearer the time.

In the meantime, why not meet our 2021 Fellows and learn more about their aspirations, passions and reasons for applying:

What is the Youth Fellowship?

Not sure what the Fellowship is all about?

Hear from Louis Howell, chair of our Youth Engagement Advisoy Group, as he explains more in the video below.

You can also keep scrolling for a full breakdown of the 12-month programme.

What does our Fellowship Programme include?

The voluntary 12 month programme includes:

  1. A four module digital training programme
  2. Three in-person professional development training days (subject to Covid-19 restrictions)
  3. Management of one 3-6 month social innovation project (SIP)
  4. Monthly professional mentoring sessions to deepen your learning
  5. Attendance at Advisory Groups / Regional Advisory Boards with the option to join as a full member at the end of your Fellowship
  6. Certification, awards and accreditation relevant to the role

How is our programme delivered?

The programme is made up of three main strands, all of which offer training and development opportunities:

Social Innovation:

This is where we want you to get creative and bring fresh ideas and perspectives to the table. Fellows will have the opportunity to design and manage a 3-6 month project that helps solve a specific challenge our organisation is facing.

We encourage you to take the lead and show us how transformative your solutions are. You will receive training around project planning and management, practical delivery of activities (including safety, risk assessments and leading others) and impact measurement.

Professional Development:

We know that with new skills and experiences you will become more effective, not just as Fellows, but as professionals in whatever career you pursue.

As part of the programme, we have created a wide range of online and in-person training that we believe will help you develop both personally and professionally. These training sessions will cover topics such as public speaking, leading teams, agile project management, design thinking, event management and more. We will also offer professional mentoring.

Brand Ambassador:

This is not just about you championing the work that we do as an organisation, but also us committing to champion you as Fellows.

You will have the opportunity to represent the Trust at high profile events and conferences (these may be online due to CV-19 restrictions), where you can share your own experiences and at the same time help to raise the awareness of our work with new audiences.

Through being a Brand Ambassador, you will become a true role model for other young people in your community, as well as the wider charity and environmental sector. We will recognise this by giving you real responsibility and profiling, and by celebrating your work across our media and marketing channels.

As well as helping to raise awareness of the Trust and our work, this exposure will help you build your professional networks and your personal brand.

How much of my time will the Fellowship require?

Commitment to all of the aspects in this programme will prepare you for a range of career opportunities, both inside and outside of the Trust. There will be certain fixed dates for parts of the programme, such as training days, but the majority is designed to fit around any work or study commitments you already have. 

At the end of the 12 months, you will receive support and signposting to enable you to take the next steps on your professional journey.

Last date edited: 11 November 2021