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Apprenticeship - Dales and Fells Rural Trainees

  • Two year apprenticeship

  • Apprentices will be paid a minimum of £4.20 per hour to start, and in Year 2, if 19 or over, will be paid the National Minimum Wage for their age.

  • 37 hours per week (at Yorkshire Dales NPA)

  • Various

This advert is placed on the behalf of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT).  Applications should be made on the form attached to this advert and sent to YDMT at the address below.

YDMT is organising ten Rural Apprenticeships in 2018 based in the Yorkshire Dales, Forest of Bowland, south Cumbria and Nidderdale area in partnership with a number of local organisations and businesses.

The apprenticeships will start in September 2018 and will last for two years. They will provide work-based training with the employing organisations and trainees will study for a Level 2 qualification at Craven College. Apprentices will also gain a range of certificated skills which are vital in land-based industries and will be assisted with the costs of transport to training.

The current vacancies are part of a major programme at YDMT called Green Futures, which consists of four projects aimed at involving young people aged 11-24 in the environment in a variety of ways. Green Futures is also part of ‘Our Bright Future’, 31 projects across the UK working together to help young people lead positive change in their communities and local environment; and

Apprentices will be expected to spend several days each year working with the other Green Futures projects in some way.

The scheme is only for 16-24 year olds and those who do not already have a qualification in a similar field. Please ask us if you are unsure.


There are a range of organisations offering work placements, and we are currently looking for applcations for the following:

  • Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Grassington
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Hawes
  • Ribble Rivers Trust (Clitheroe)
  • Cumbria Wildlife Trust (Kendal) When applying please state which position you are interested in or your order of preference using the following on the form:  YDNPA Grassington, YDNPA Hawes, RRT, CWT

Work-based training and experience

The apprenticeships will all include experience of countryside skills but will vary according to the nature of the employing organisation - see individual job descriptions for more details.

Certificated Skills Training

In addition to the Level 2 Diploma apprentices will attend certificated short courses (up to a total value of £2000) relevant to the job, these could include:

  • Chainsaw Maintenance: Cross Cutting & Felling Small Trees
  • Brushcutter Use
  • Drystone Walling
  • Pesticide use
  • ATV use
  • B+E Trailer test 

This list is not exhaustive and the exact courses taken will be discussed with and agreed by the employer and apprentice.

In addition apprentices will be expected to attend an induction week in late September which will include courses in Outdoor First Aid, ROLO Health and Safety and Manual Handling as well as more information on how to get more involved in our project, work and life skills, money management etc.

Project  Delivery

The vocational qualification will be assessed at work and at college. Attendance at college will be an average of two days a month for the first year of the scheme. A timetable will be set before the start of the course and may vary seasonally.

Trainee progress will be monitored on a three-monthly basis by college staff, employer and YDMT staff. They will visit the workplace and talk to apprentices and supervisors. This meeting will give the opportunity to discuss the training and any concerns.


Apprentices will be paid a minimum of £4.20 per hour to start, and in Year 2, if 19 or over, will be paid the National Minimum Wage for their age, currently £5.90 per hour up to age 20, and £7.38 per hour if 21 to 24. Hours will vary by employer (see job descriptions), but will normally be between 35 and 40 hours per week.  The cost of transport to training can be claimed from YDMT (up to a maximum of £1000) and there may be some allowance towards personal protective equipment.

Application process

Send your application to Jo Boulter at  Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (hard copy or email) as soon as possible.  Address details given below. Closing date 25th June 2018.

Interviews will then be held on 19th July (YDNPA and RRT) and the following week for CWT.

Please do call and ask for any further information you might need.

Jo Boulter (Dales & Fells Trainees Co-ordinator)

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

Old Post Office


North Yorkshire

LA2 8DP                    

Tel:  015242 51002                     Email:

Further application forms and job descriptions can be downloaded from

  • Closing date: 12:00 on Monday, 25 June 2018

  • Expected interview date: week commencing Thursday, 19 July 2018

For further information about this vacancy and working for the Authority in general, please download the recruitment pack below:

You may also find the following documents useful:

If you wish to apply for this position, please complete the application form and equal opportunities form and return it to us by post or email (details below), ensuring that you mark it ‘Confidential’.

Important: We can only accept applications on our official application form - please ensure you complete all sections of the form including the equal opportunities monitoring section. Please do not send CVs unless specifically requested.

Alternatively you can request copies of the job pack and application form directly from the Authority.

Contact details:

  • Email:

  • Phone: 0300 456 0030

  • Address:
    Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
    North Yorkshire
    DL8 3EL