Apprenticeship jobs

Love the outdoors? Get paid work experience and training with an Rural Apprenticeship!

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) has exciting opportunities for young people aged 16-24 with a love of the outdoors to join our Rural Apprenticeship Scheme this September. We are looking for apprentices to work in the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale area in partnership with a number of fantastic local organisations and businesses. 

What do the roles offer?  

  • An 18-month placement, starting September/October 2022
  • Access to a personal training budget of up to £3k to gain a range of relevant certificated skills
  • Study for Level 2 Countryside Worker qualification at Craven College  
  • A minimum of £4.81 per hour to start. In Year 2, if you are 19 or over, you will be paid the National Minimum Wage for your age. You can also claim back transport costs for training days.
  • Hours vary by employer (see job descriptions), but will normally be between 35 and 40 hours per week. Time spent at college or training is included in these hours.

We currently have the following vacancies. Please read the job descriptions for each role, as they do vary considerably. 

  • DTMS contractors at Dalton, near Thirsk (currently near Pateley Bridge, moving in November)
  • Marsden AES contractors at Hellifield

Training and learning

The apprenticeship scheme will give you experience of countryside skills, and will vary according to the nature of the employing organisation.

Some of the practical activities you might be involved in include:

  • maintenance of footpaths and bridleway surfaces
  • dry stone walling, laying cobbles, paved ways and concreting
  • horticultural work
  • use of powered tools and equipment including chainsaws
  • GIS mapping
  • species monitoring.

Most of your learning will be done on-the-job – where you’ll get the chance to develop a range of skills. You will also have access to a personal training budget of up to £3k to gain certified skills relevant to your role. Courses might include: Chainsaw, Brushcutter and Pesticide use, ATV driving, B+E Trailer tests, Outdoor First Aid, Drystone walling, as well work and life skills, money management and many more to add to your CV.

As an apprentice you will also study at Craven College for Level 2 Countryside Worker qualification, with classes approximately two days per month for the first year.

Wider opportunities

The Rural Apprenticeship scheme is delivered by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), and you will have lots of opportunites to get to know the YDMT team and get involved in our charitable work. This might include being part of our Green Futures Youth Forum, becoming a YDMT Ambassador or getting involved other projects that interest you.


An apprenticeship can be life changing. Many of the young people who have completed theirs are now working in permanent roles with their employer; others have used their skills and experience to get jobs with organisations in a similar field, and some have gone on to higher education. It's a fantastic way to gain skills and experience to start your career in the environment sector. 

Find out more and apply

To apply you need to be 16-24 years old, and you must not already have a qualification in a similar field. Please read the job descriptions for each role in the 'What do the roles offer' section and let us know which role you'd like to apply for when you send us your application. 

To apply please email your completed application form to You can also call Jo for an informal chat on 015242 51002.

Interviews will be held at our offices in Clapham, near Settle.