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Chance to learn countryside skills
YOUNG people across the Yorkshire Dales are being offered the chance to learn skills that will allow them to remain in the area.
They are being invited to be part of a project which aims to provide the skills and experience necessary to pursue a career in countryside management.
The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust says that young people across the region often struggle to find employment locally.
The recent decline in the number of people entering the countryside management sector has led to a shortage of young people with the skills necessary to maintain the Dales landscape in the future.
The trust has already co-ordinated several training programmes for young people from the Dales.
The charity is now inviting potential employers and young people aged 16-24 toget involved in a trainee programme which will run for the next two years.
Work experience with local employers including private contractors, large estates and public bodies will be complemented by a qualification in subjects such as environmental conservation, forestry, horticulture or game keeping.
Apprentices will also have the opportunity to complete specialist training courses to gain certificates in chainsaw and brush cutter use, off-road driving, habitat surveying and tree planting, among others.
Head of ranger services Alan Hulme said: "This is not just a fantastic opportunity for local young people, but also for employers."
To learn more about the scheme, contact Jo Boulter on 01542-451002. The closing date for applications is September 19.
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