FRESH funding is enabling the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust to recruit two new countryside management apprentices.

The 18-month posts will start between April and July, and apprentices will undertake work-based training and study for a diploma in Environmental Conservation.

The posts are being funded by the National Lottery and the Prince’s Countryside Fund and are are being offered through Stories in Stone, a scheme of conservation and community projects in the Ingleborough area.

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Hannah Rose, Stories in Stone administration officer, said: “YDMT has been offering apprenticeships, mainly to young people, for several years now.

“We are delighted to offer two more exciting opportunities, in partnership with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

“Previous apprentices have gone on to forge successful careers in countryside management after their apprenticeship has been completed.”

The successful candidates will gain a range of certificated skills such as dry stone walling and chainsaw use.

The scheme does not have an age restriction, but applicants must not already have a qualification in a similar field.

The closing date for applications is February 28, visit storiesinstone.org.uk for more details.