A group of young rural trainees have taken part in a special training and team-building event.
They were involved in a mountain rescue scenario, commissioned by Clapham charity, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and delivered by Stainforth-based Yorkshire Dales Guides.
The trainees, aged from 18 to 24, work in jobs such as environmental conservation, game-keeping and woodland management.
“This exciting training event was very effective, providing the trainees with the necessary skills and confidence to cope with working in the demanding terrain and unpredictable weather of the Yorkshire Dales,” said Jo Boulter, project officer at the trust.
“We’re very grateful to Yorkshire Dales Guides for so kindly supporting this project by donating their time and providing such high-quality training.”
Dave Gallivan, of Yorkshire Dales Guides, said: “Collectively the instructors delivering the training have 99 years’ experience in mountain rescue. It’s brilliant to be able to pass on some of that experience to these young people who are working outdoors.”
There was also praise from one of the trainees.
Sam Allsopp, an apprentice with Conservefor, the rural contractors and consultants based in Rathmell, said: “It was a very useful and exciting training event, teaching us lots of different skills such as first aid. It was also fun to meet the other trainees that are taking part in the project and to hear about their roles.”
The scheme has been made possible thanks to financial support from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the Garfield Weston Foundation, The Charles and Elsie Sykes Trust, J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, Lord Swinton’s Charitable Trust, Yorkshire Agricultural Society and the People’s Postcode Lottery.