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“Stay at home courses” for Dales youngsters

[Tuesday 28 September 2010]

Twelve young people from the Yorkshire Dales met for the first time this week on a college course which, hopefully, will allow them to build a future in the region and not drift away to find work in the towns.

The Dales Countryside Trainee Scheme, which is managed by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) in association with Craven College, Skipton, is giving the youngsters the opportunity to “earn while they learn” by combining on-the-job training with local employers alongside recognised qualifications in environmental and countryside management.

This week the trainees met each other for the first time at the college, where they were given brand new workwear to mark the beginning of their new careers. The kit, including waterproof jackets, safety boots, trousers and much more was provided by supporter of the scheme, Arco.

The trainees have already spent a month or more in work placements with a variety of organisations – including the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Natural England, The National Trust, Dinsdale Moorland Services, Webbers Ltd, Marsden Ltd, DTMS and Swinton Estate.

Over the next 22 months they will learn on the job as well as studying for qualifications at Craven College. It’s hoped that the trainees will go on to secure full time careers in landscape and countryside management.

Trainee Zach Thompson, who joined the scheme this summer said, “This is a great opportunity to improve my countryside management conservation skills. The qualification I will gain and the actual hands on experience will help me to develop a greater understanding of moorland management.”

Zach’s new employer Gareth Evans, added, “Dinsdale Moorland Services are really excited to be involved in the partnership and fully support the opportunities it offers young adults within the Yorkshire region. The trainee scheme will provide Zach with the skills, knowledge and practical experience to progress his career within the countryside management sector.”

  • The Dales Countryside Trainee Scheme is still looking to place one trainee, and would like to hear from employers in the Yorkshire Dales area who can offer roles in an environmental or conservation field. For more information please contact Jo Boulter, co-coordinator of the Dales Countryside Trainee Scheme at the YDMT on 015242 51002.

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