THREE members of the Yorkshire Dales National Park staff have become some of the first people in England to win new awards for their skills in helping tourists with advice and information.
A national training scheme to allow participants to gain National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) in tourist information provision was only recently introduced to the national curriculum - and staff members at two Dales national park information centres are amongst the first to gain the award.
They are Yvonne Dennison and Marnie Peacock, who work at the Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre and Sally Howorth from Hawes. In addition, Geraldine Coates and Maureen Prince, NPC managers at Aysgarth and Reeth and at Hawes respectively, have recently qualified as NVQ assessors.
Park chairman Carl Lis commented: "I would like to congratulate all the NVQ holders - they play an important part in helping the Authority to give the best possible service to the public. The NPC staff are on the front line when it comes to putting across the image of the national park and it's important that they receive the best training possible."
Said Sustainable Tourism Manager Julie Barker: "They have all worked extremely hard to achieve their NVQ award and we are very proud that they are amongst the first in the country to achieve this particular qualification."