Rural Trainees

The project aims to train young people in environmental conservation and management skills and help them obtain appropriate employment or further training afterwards.

Trainees will work alongside expert practitioners and acquire underpinning knowledge and accreditation from a local college to give them the confidence and skills to become the future custodians of the environment.

These posts are part funded by the Prince's Countryside Fund.


Evidence exists to show that there are opportunities for well-trained young people, however there is a low local availability of key countryside management skills. With this significant shortage of skilled labour this project has been developed to not only provide trainees with the appropriate skills and qualifications but with an added awareness of the importance and rare qualities the Ingleborough landscape provides.

What’s involved?

Each trainee will be provided with 18 months of paid work experience and work-based training. They will gain appropriate qualifications, be supported by a mentor, and given support in finding work and/or training after their traineeship ends.

How many trainees will be trained and where?

Six traineeships will be provided over the four years of the scheme. Two trainees will be placed with Natural England at Colt Park on the Ingleborough National Nature Reserve, and four trainees will be placed with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority at its Stone Dyke Barn site near Stainforth.

Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more about this project or are interested is becoming a Rural Trainee yourself please contact Hannah Rose, Stories in Stone Administrator.