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Country skills training for Dales youngsters

[Wednesday 9 June 2010]

Applications are being invited from young Yorkshire Dales people anxious to start a career in the countryside – a scheme which has already received the enthusiastic backing of several Dales organisations.

Young people aged between 16 and 24 are being invited to apply for the Dales Countryside Trainee Scheme, offering 12 young people the chance to train for a career in environmental and countryside management.

The scheme, run by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is backed by many well-known organisations and businesses, and will help to meet the urgent needs of young people in the area. It will also help bridge the gap in local skills and knowledge required to manage our landscape sustainably into the future.

As well as studying for qualifications at Craven College, Skipton, trainees will work alongside experienced and skilled staff at local businesses for 22 months initially, potentially going on to full time careers.

Organisations offering placements include the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Natural England, The National Trust, Dinsdale Moorland Services, Webbers Ltd, Marsden Ltd, Swinton Estate and Coniston Estate.

Dave Tayler of YDMT said: “YDMT is here to support the Dales – the place, the people living here, as well as small and major businesses working in the area. We are delighted to be able to offer a Trainee Scheme that has the potential to transform the future for 12 young people. We are very much looking forward to working with all the employers and young people.”

YDMT are now keen to hear from people who are interested in applying for the scheme. Please contact David Tayler by email: david.tayler@ydmt.org or telephone 015242 51002 for more information and an application pack. Closing date for applications is 1st July 2010.

Want to spend £1.6 million?

The YDMT is also planning its next round of community development programmes and is inviting applications from local communities to bid for part of the £1. 6 million available as part of its LEADER programme. For details, contact the Dales LEADER Co-coordinator Rima Berry on 015242 51002 or email rima.berry@ydmt.org

Feedback received on this subject:

What a great idea, i wish i could apply. Im 21 now but did a countryside management course at Skipton when i was 17. I really enjoyed it but couldn't get a job after in that area.

Now im settled in a job that isn't anything to do with countryside management but im so keen to get back into it at some stage!

Financially i cant afford to go on this course but its good to know there are these things going on to help others.

Dan Mac Vancouver, Canada

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