E7. By 2023 provide at least 20 apprenticeships that focus on the skills that are essential to maintaining the National Park’s special qualities. 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 Progress: 4 new apprentices were taken on with the National Park in 2018/19. 4 new apprentices taken on as part of the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership project in 2019.