Environmental Apprenticeships

An Environmental Apprenticeship is a life-changing opportunity – providing careers for young people who want to live & work in the Yorkshire Dales and ensuring that there are future generations of expertly trained people to manage this special landscape.

Taking on an apprentice

We work with forward thinking businesses and organisations in the rural and environmental sector to provide Apprenticeship opportunities for young people aged 16-24. Our next round of recruitment will take place in Spring 2018.  

What we offer to businesses taking on an Apprentice

We recruit the Apprentice, with as much or little input from you as you want, and will liaise with local colleges to enrol candidates on an appropriate Level 2 Apprenticeship, probably Environmental Conservation, Forestry or Landscape Horticulture.

Suzannah Barningham and James Firth, new Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Access Rangers
Suzannah Barningham and James Firth, former Apprentices that have gone on to work for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority


We pay a subsidy over the 2 year period which should cover approximately half of the apprentice’s wages (depending on the age of the trainee) with extra funding for certificated training in skills relevant to your work, for instance use of pesticides, brushcutter, chainsaw, ATV driving, B+E trailer test. We also make a contribution towards transport to training and for Personal Protection Equipment if necessary.

What we ask from you

As a business you’ll employ an Apprentice for a two year 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 activities. They would study for a work-based apprenticeship at a local college, on either day or block release.

The rewards

At the end of the two years the apprentice 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 over the two year period is a great experience, and have really enjoyed passing on the skills they have learned.  

For more information about taking on an Apprentice contact Jo Boulter our Dales & Fells Trainees Co-ordinator. Email: jo.boulter@ydmt.org or call 015242 51002


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