By 2023 provide at least 20 apprenticeships that focus on the skills that are essential to maintaining the National Park’s special qualities.
How the local partners are doing on this objective
Progress: Another 3 apprentices were taken on by the National Park Authority in 2022, as well as 3 trainees. YDMT supported a further 5 apprentices with local businesses. This takes the cumulative total apprenticeships so far to 34.
Press release & related articles:
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;
Cost over 5 years: £500,000
Funding shortfall: None
Ecosystem services: Sense of place and inspiration; Sense of history; Recreation; Biodiversity