As the Rural Trainees project came to a close, it seemed important to capture the views of the young people who had been involved, as well as providing them with an opportunity to showcase their successes as a way of inspiring other young people. The Stories in Stone Administration and Training Officer, Hannah Rose, has been managing this project. She said: 'We have been so lucky to have worked with the individuals appointed to these positions. Each of them has come from a different background of experience, but all of them have made the most of the opportunities presented to them and made the position their own. I have felt a little like a proud mother recently, when asked to speak about them and how they have progressed. It has been a pleasure to work with all of them, I am so pleased at what they have accomplished and wish them all the best for the future. I also couldn't have asked for better teams to work with at Natural England's Ingleborough NNR and YDNPA ranger team based at Stonedykes Barn, Stainforth. There is no doubt in my mind that the experiences of each person would have been very different without the camaraderie and support of the teams they were working with.'
The video has been filmed and edited by Two Seven Media, a media company set up by a local young person. About commissioning this company to complete the project video, Hannah said 'I thought that it would be a really nice way to round off this fabulous project, a local young person filming and talking to the young people who were involved.'
The Stories in Stone team aim to remain in touch with the Apprentices and the Trainees going forward. As well as offering their heartfelt thanks to the teams at NE and YDNPA, they would like to thank the teams at Craven College and Askham Bryan College for their commitment to the Apprentices.
You can find out more on this project through the project pages, and more about the individuals involved on the trainees page.
This video (and other fabulous YDMT videos) are available on our YouTube channel.