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Friday, 25 March 2016

Where the beautiful landscape is the office for young trainees

Calling young folks! Fancy an apprenticeship with some of the region's finest landscape serving as your workplace?

Young people are invited to be part of a new apprenticeship project which will provide valuable skills and experience in environmental conservation or landscape horticulture.

Staff at the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust are coordinating the scheme and have had great results with several similar training programmes in recent years. The aim is to give life-changing opportunities to many young people who have gone on to forge successful careers in countryside management upon completion of the programme.

The charity is now inviting local people aged 16-24 to get involved in the new Dales and Fells Trainee Scheme which will offer two-year apprenticeships with employers.

Hands-on work experience will be complemented by a Level Two qualification and specialist certificated training courses, such as chainsaw and brush cutter use, off-road driving, habitat surveying and tree planting, to name just a few.

Project Officer Jo Boulter said: “The Dales and Fells Trainee Scheme aims to secure stimulating work placements for eight local young people, enabling them to stay and work in the area that they grew up in, and learn how to enhance and conserve the area.

"Past schemes have shown that these opportunities can be truly life-changing for the trainee, and a really rewarding experience for the mentoring business. I’d love to hear from both potential employers and young people interested in finding out more.”

Financial incentives and support are available for far-sighted businesses in the rural or environmental sector who are interested in employing an apprentice.

The deadline for the first round of applications is 4pm on 11 April, with more vacancies available in the coming months. Further information: visit

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