Trust launches apprenticeship scheme to provide careers in countryside

A GROUP of apprentices is being given the opportunity to carve out fledgling countryside careers under a new scheme in the Yorkshire Dales.

The project which is overseen by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) will provide 10 apprentices aged from 18 to 24 with skills to pursue a range of careers.

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The two-year programme combines work placements with a Level 2 Diploma in either environmental conservation, forestry, horticulture, game keeping or butchery through part-time courses at Craven College, Askham Bryan College in York or Newton Rigg College in Penrith. Work placements have been taken up with organisations including the Ramsgill Estate, Berry’s Café and Farm Shop, Constable Burton Hall and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

The Dales Rural Trainee Scheme’s project officer, Jo Boulter, said: “We believe it is vital to not only provide exciting local employment opportunities for young people in the Yorkshire Dales, but also to invest in the education and personal development of the next generation of custodians for this fantastic rural landscape.”

Trainees will also complete specialist training courses to gain certificates in skills including off-road driving, habitat surveying and tree planting.