Six apprentices have been are now working at the Lake District National Park. The scheme was made possible thanks to a Heritage Lottery grant.
The six, aged from 16-22, will learn traditional rural skills like dry stone walling and fencing to ensure they don't die out and are passed onto the next generation.
They are being taught by Matt Eaves. Matt said:
The group all have a love of the outdoors and hope that the apprenticeships will lead to full time jobs looking after the park.
The funding of £449,000 enables the apprenticeship scheme to run for three years, if successful the LDPN hopes to employ more.
Nicola Balmer from Kendal is the eldest of the group and is a graduate. She said:
The youngest in the group is Tom Maloney, 16, from Grasmere. He said: