Environmental Apprenticeships

2 years paid work experience with employers in the Yorkshire Dales, Cumbria and Forest of Bowland 
Study for a Level 2 Countryside Apprenticeship at Craven College

Start your green future with an Environmental Apprenticeship!

We've got exciting opportunities for young people who love the outdoors to train for a career in environmental conservation and countryside management. Starting in summer 2018 our Dales & Fells Rural Apprenticeship scheme offers 2 years on-the-job experience and training alongside experienced staff at one of three excellent organisations.

What does an Environmental Apprenticeship offer?  

  • 2 years of work experience and training
  • Opportunities for young people who live in rural areas to stay and work here – Yorkshire Dales, Forest of Bowland, Nidderdale and South Cumbria
  • Opportunities with: Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (Hawes and Grassington) Cumbria Wildlife Trust (Kendal), Ribble Rivers Trust (Clitheroe) 
  • A variety of roles - some entirely outdoors and practical, others mainly office-based
  • Level 2 Countryside Apprenticeship
  • Access to a personal training budget of £2k to gain a range of relevant certificated skills
  • Pay above the minimum apprenticeship rate plus help with transport costs for training days.

What can you expect?

Training and learning

As an Environmental Apprentice practical work-based training is combined with college study – so no two weeks are the same!

Most of your learning and some assessment will be done on-the-job with your employer – where you’ll get the chance to develop a range of skills alongside experienced staff. You will also study at Craven College, with classes approximately one day a fortnight for the first year.

With a personal training budget of £2k you’ll also have the chance to gain other certificated skills which are vital in land-based industries. Courses might include: Chainsaw use, Pesticide use, ATV driving, brushcutter use, B+E Trailer tests, First Aid, species ID, Ranger training and many more to add to your CV.

Green Futures and wider opportunities

The Dales & Fells Rural Apprenticeship scheme is part of the Green Futures project which is led by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. 

As a Dales & Fells Rural Apprentice you’ll spend a few days each year working with some of our Green Futures projects – including Young Rangers, Eco-Schools programmes and Green Guardians which helps disadvantaged young people to access the countryside. We have an Annual Youth Environment Summit over one weekend a year, which we'd expect you to attend. There are also opportunities to be involved in other Green Futures activities such as our Youth Environment Forum, which takes the lead on planning and running the Summit.

Green Futures is part of a much bigger national programme called Our Bright Future – over 30 projects nationally, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, to inspire and motivate young people aged 11-24 to be involved in environmental issues in whatever way suits them. Through this you can apply to be a member of the National Youth Forum or be on the National Steering Group – a fantastic achievement, which so far two of our Apprentices have reached.  

The future

The Apprenticeship scheme has been a life-changing opportunity for many of the young people taking part. Some are now working in permanent roles for 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 countryside.        


Environmental Apprentices learning countryside management skills

Find out more & Apply 

To apply you must be 16-24 years old.

Green Futures apprenticeships provide opportunities for young people who live in our local rural areas to stay living and working here. Opportunities are available to young people in the wider Yorkshire Dales area, Forest of Bowland and Nidderdale and South Cumbria. We may also consider applications from people who live within a few miles of these areas, please get in touch with us to find out more. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you have recently applied by email and have not had confirmation from us that your application has been recieved please get in touch with Jo Boulter, we've been having some problems with our emails and may not have received your application. Many thanks. 

To find out more please call Jo Boulter our Dales & Fells Trainees Co-ordinator for an informal chat on 015242 51002. Deadline for applications is Monday 25 June at 12 noon and we will be interviewing on 19 July in Grassington.

You can download full job descriptions and an application form below: 

Job Descriptions

Application Form

To apply please email your completed application form to jo.boulter@ydmt.org  or post to:   

Jo Boulter
Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust
Main Street
Via Lancaster