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Apprentices Working alongside experienced rangers

E7 – Apprenticeships

By 2023 provide at least 20 apprenticeships that focus on the skills that are essential to maintaining the National Park’s special qualities.


How are we doing on this objective

Progress: YDNPA employed 2 new apprentices during 2020/21 taking the total as part of this objective to 12.


Press release & related articles:

31 May 2021 – Apply for a Countryside Apprenticeship – you won’t regret it!

27 April 2021 – Westmorland Dales apprentices secure jobs or study


Rationale:  The National Park has a disproportionately low number of younger, working age people (18-44).  The longer term conservation and enhancement of the National Park’s special qualities will depend on a new generation of farmers, land managers and conservation specialists with the right skills.  The key local challenges are in attracting apprentices (high costs of travel and local housing), and in co-ordinating and administering schemes (because most local businesses are very small).

Lead partner: Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority;

Supporting partners:  Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust; Craven District Council; Eden District Council; Richmondshire District Council; South Lakeland District Council; Dales Farmer Network; Cumbria Farmer Network

Further information:  Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust; Westmorland Dales Apprenticeship Scheme

Cost over 5 years:  £500,000

Funding shortfall:  None

Related objectives:  A1; A6; B1; D1; D3; E9; F2

Ecosystem services:  Sense of place and inspiration; Sense of history; Recreation; Biodiversity

Trade-offs: None

Baseline: 0