Agricultural apprenticeship receives grant to promote upland farming skills (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Agricultural apprenticeship receives grant to promote upland farming skills
5:00pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
AN AGRICULTURAL apprenticeship scheme that aims to keep upland farming alive for future generations has been granted almost £50,000 to increase skills.
The Yorkshire Moors Agricultural Scheme, which works to promote the upland farming skill base in the North York Moors, has been awarded the sum by the Prince’s Countryside Fund.
The money, amounting to £49,968, will be used to implement a third phase of the scheme by hiring ten new apprentices for an 18-month course.
The apprentices will be trained in all aspects of upland farming through practical experience working on a farm, as well as completing a level two diploma in work-based agriculture and livestock production.
The scheme will also benefit 18 upland farmers who will have the apprentices on their farms.
The grant is part of a series of announcements of funds totalling £560,000 being given to a range of organisations by The Prince’s Countryside Fund.
Victoria Harris, director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, said: “Upland farms in the North York Moors area are a vital part of the local economy. They provide jobs and keep the countryside dynamic, as well as playing a key role in preserving the landscape.
“Funding apprentices and other young people who want to work in the rural sector is one of the core activities of The Prince’s Countryside Fund.
“We hope that the young people who are being helped will go on to have a successful and satisfying career in upland farming. It is important that these skills are kept alive for the future of farming in the area.”
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