Parish Environmental Teams (PETs)

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During April 2014 to March 2016, the Council invested nearly £8m for a range of Highway and Environmental improvements within the borough, working with Ward Members and Communities. 

As part of the programme, the Council committed funding for Parish Environmental Teams (PETs). 

What are PETs?

  • PETs are dedicated teams consisting of an operative and an apprentice along with a vehicle and associated tools. There are currently 13 teams serving the urban area of Telford and in the region of 80% of all households in the borough.
  • PETs are another example of how Telford and Wrekin and its partners come together and work co-operatively to find new solutions for public services in the borough. PETs provide an enhanced service over and above that provided by Telford & Wrekin Council's core contract. 

What do PETs do?

  • The PET teams serve a local works programme which are designed to meet local needs and are reviewed annually in conjunction with the Parish.
  • They cover enhanced litter picking, leaf fall clearance, repairs to street furniture, conservation and improvements to landscaped areas, mowing, weeding, planting and cleaning.

List of Parish Environmental Teams

  • Dawley Hamlets
  • Great Dawley
  • Hadley and Leegomery
  • Hollinswood and Randlay
  • Ketley
  • Lawley and Overdale
  • Madeley
  • Oakengates
  • St Georges and Priorslee
  • Stirchley and Brookside
  • The Gorge
  • Wellington
  • Wrockwardine Wood and Trench

How are the PETs funded?

  • Each PET is part funded by the respective Parish/Town Council.

More information about a PETs Apprentice

  • There are currently 14 apprentices working within the PETS throughout the borough.
  • They undergo training which is a mix of classroom and vocational training which is delivered by local training provider TCAT, with the apprentices completing a qualification in Environment and Cleansing. 
  • The apprenticeships are up to 18 months in duration via a secondment agreement with either TWS or direct with Parish Councils.
  • Qualification to be gained is L2 in horticulture or environmental services.
  • Training on a variety of powered equipment is given.
  • The Council has launched its plan to tackle youth unemployment and has committed to increasing the number of apprenticeships it offers.  

How can you apply to be an apprentice?

  • We recruit three times a year for Environmental Apprentices; January, March and June.
  • Vacancies will be posted on our Apprenticeships webpage.

Last updated: 11.20am on Friday 1 November 2019