Employing an apprentice

We work with forward thinking businesses and organisations in the rural and environmental sector to provide apprenticeships for young people aged 16-24. 

YDMT Apprentices at Yorkshire Dales National Park AuthoritySuzannah and James, former apprentices that have gone on to work for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

What we offer to employers  

We recruit our apprentices with as much or little input from you as you want, and will liaise with local colleges to enrol candidates on a Level 2 Countryside Worker Apprenticeship, or similar. 

We pay a subsidy over the period of the apprenticeship towards your employment costs with extra funding for certificated training in skills relevant to your work, for example, use of pesticides, brushcutter, chainsaw, ATV driving and trailer training. We also make a contribution towards transport to training and for specialist Personal Protection Equipment if necessary. Learn more about our Rural Apprenticeship Scheme

What we ask from you

As a business you’ll employ an apprentice, usually for an 18 month period, on a full time contract. The apprentice would have paid time off for study and training, and a few days each year to join other apprentices for group activities. They would study for a Countryside Worker Apprenticeship at Craven College in Skipton, usually one day per fortnight.

The rewards

At the end of their apprenticeship the young person should have the work experience, skills and qualifications to make them your ideal employee!

Many employers we’ve worked with have found that seeing a young person grow in skills and confidence is a great experience, and have really enjoyed passing on the skills they have learned.  

Interested in employing an apprentice?

For more information contact Jo Boulter Apprenticeship Co-ordinator. Email: jo.boulter@ydmt.org or call 015242 51002

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Learn more about our work 

Longridge wood Yorkshire Dales sapling


25 years ago we joined forces with other organisations to expand tree cover across the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas. Since then, we’ve supported the planting of over 1.5 million native broadleaf trees.  

Melancholy thistle in hay meadow


When Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust first started restoring hay meadows in 2006, less than four square miles of species-rich hay meadow habitat remained in the whole of the UK.  

Young person outdoors

Rural Apprenticeships

Rural Apprenticeships give young people who live in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas the chance to stay here and gives them skills to help care for this special area.