Students Complete Life-Saving Training

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Date of issue: 1 March 2017

A group of young ‘rural trainees’ have taken part in a special training event designed to help prepare them for some of the medical emergencies they may face when working outdoors in the Yorkshire Dales.

The students, aged 16-24, completed the Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid & Emergency Action, learning how to assess and respond to a variety of medical situations such as dehydration, shock, frostbite, external bleeding and head, neck or back injuries to name just a few.

The training, delivered by Sean Whittle of Dales Training, was part of an apprenticeship scheme led by local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) which provides opportunities for young people to stay and work in the area that they grew up in, whilst learning how to enhance and conserve the local landscape.

Over the next two years the apprentices will gain valuable skills and experience through hands-on work placements with a range of organisations, as well as part-time college study for a Level 2 Diploma in Environmental Conservation or Landscape Horticulture, and complementary certified training courses such as this First Aid course.

Jo Boulter has overseen rural apprenticeship schemes at YDMT for the last 6 years. She said: “The Yorkshire Dales landscape can be harsh and unforgiving, so first aid training is really important for our trainees, who often work in remote locations or with potentially dangerous equipment. This hands-on course gave the trainees a chance to gain the skills and confidence needed to respond to an emergency situation calmly and efficiently. We hope that they’ll never need to use these skills, but it’s great to know that they’ve got the knowledge to look after themselves, and even save a life.”

Tom Hickey (age 22) is completing his apprenticeship with Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. He said: “The course has been super-informative, covering everything I thought we needed to know – times ten!”

Tom is one of ten young people from across the region embarking on a new career in environmental conservation and countryside management, thanks to National Lottery players.

Employers include Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Conservefor, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Horton Landscaping, The Garden Doctors and Sedbergh School.

Eight of the placements are being offered through the Green Futures programme, which is part of Our Bright Future, a forward-thinking social movement of 31 projects funded by the Big Lottery Fund, while two placements are part of Stories in Stone and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Prince's Countryside Fund. These programmes are being led by YDMT.

Cath Hare programme manager at Our Bright Future said: “First aid is such a vital skill in all walks of life. It’s great that these young people have had this opportunity to equip themselves to react if they find themselves in an emergency. Our Bright Future has empowerment, confidence building and skills training at its heart and Green Futures epitomises this here.”

Image: Tom Hickey assess a ‘casualty’

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