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Charity boost for Yorkshire Dales crafts

[Tuesday 03 October 2006]

FIVE new places for Dales people wishing to learn traditional countryside crafts are available this week, thanks to the work of a group of charities which have raised grants to support the trainees as they study at Craven College, Skipton.

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Countryside management courses at Craven
Photo: Craven College

After months of applications and negotiations, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has secured funding from various sources for a traineeship scheme in countryside management.

The project will run until December 2007 providing five people the opportunity to work towards an NVQ2 in Countryside Management at Craven College for which they will receive a weekly allowance.

Placements are available with the Trust's partner organisations including Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and National Trust and successful applicants will work with experienced staff to learn traditional countryside skills such as woodland management, pathway improvements and repairs, dry stone walling, grassland management and more.

Chris Lodge, YDMT Project Officer responsible for the scheme explained, "We only just received the news from the European Social Fund that our application for match funding was successful. The funding was already in place from the Dulverton Trust and the Ernest Cook Trust but without ESF support, we couldn't have gone ahead with the scheme."

Applicants must reside within selected European Social Fund's Objective 2, priority 3 areas. These include: Clapham, Cowling, Ribbleside, Aysgarth, Bolton Manor, Catterick with Tunstall, Grinton and Upper Swaledale, Hawes and St. Agatha's

  • For an application pack, including the full list of priority 3 areas please contact YDMT by email: info@ydmt.org; telephone: 015242 51002 or fax: 015242 51150. Closing date for applications is Monday 16th October 2006.

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