Makita steps in with new kit for cash-strapped apprenticeship programme

Apprentices working at a national park were facing learning forestry and land management with access to limited kit due to budget cuts, until a manufacturer stepped in to donate new tools.

The six North York Moors National Park apprentices

The six apprentices at North York Moors National Park Authority will now use new Makita chainsaws, brush cutters and pole saws and also receive full technical training during their three-year apprenticeship where they learn the skills required to maintain and improve the public rights of way across the North York Moors.  

Andy Holtby, apprentice supervisor, North York Moors National Park Authority said: "Recent budget reductions would have limited the equipment available to these apprentices but the partnership with Makita enables us to provide our apprentices with state-of-the-art machines that really enhance our training quality."

The apprentices are being trained to manage the public rights of way, forestry and wildlife habitat conservation across a 100 square mile section of the vast North York Moors, an intensive three-year course covering a very wide spectrum of conservation and maintenance works.

The apprentices of the North Moors National Parks Authority are working with Makita EA5000 chainsaws and EM4351UH brush cutters. 

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