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New apprenticeship opportunity

10 June 2014

Thanks to funding from Ryedale District Council, the North York Moors National Park is extending the range of training schemes it offers by creating an apprenticeship in ICT (Information and Communication Technology). Young people aged 16 – 24 have until 4 July to apply for the two-year apprenticeship which will be based at the National Park's Helmsley headquarters.

The new apprentice will join the National Park's team of ICT professionals who provide technical support, advice and training to the Authority's staff in addition to contributing to larger projects such as a new website and the roll out of new equipment. The apprenticeship will include time at York College on a day release basis to work towards Level 2 and 3 qualifications in ICT Professional Competence.

The National Park Authority was named as the best medium sized employer of apprentices in the Yorkshire and Humber region in 2012 and 2013 and also offers apprenticeships in environmental conservation and business administration. The new ICT apprentice will bring the number of apprentices at the Authority to 16.

Simon Baum, ICT Manager at the National Park Authority, said:

"ICT is now such a big part of everyone's life that skills in this area are needed in just about every organisation going. Our apprenticeship offers the chance to gain valuable work experience and training within a friendly and experienced team. You'll help with the day to day support of National Park staff and infrastructure whilst also having input into some of the bigger project work we carry out."

Ian Nicholls, Assistant Director of Corporate Services at the National Park Authority, added:

"We love the life and vitality that our apprentices bring to the workplace and staff really enjoy sharing their knowledge and experience with them. As well as academic qualifications and practical skills, the emphasis we put on team working and other 'soft' skills means that our apprentices leave us as well rounded individuals."

The ICT apprentice will be paid a training allowance of £115/week which will increase after the first year. For more information contact Ian Nicholls or Simon Baum on 01439 772700. An application form and job description can be found at

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