The Lakes and Dales need diverse, dynamic young people with new ideas loving and living in these protected landscapes. With the help of creative, committed young people the culture, economy and character of the area will thrive.
Young people rehearsing a dance
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There are challenges to living in such beautiful landscapes but there are also great opportunities. The economy is interesting. There are big businesses but the majority of people here work for small or micro businesses, with many being self-employed. This resource uncovers some of the careers that are often hidden from conventional careers advice offers.

Creative careers

View inspiring stories from creative people working in the Lakes and Dales.

Billy Walden

Billy Walden

Joiner and carpenter

Mathew Annable

Mathew Annable

Guitar teacher

Virpi Kettu

Virpi Kettu

Director and owner of Kettu Studios

Rachel Thornton

Rachel Thornton

Artist at Studio 42

Emily Knight

Founder of Studio Vault

Chloe Hampson-Ward

Founder of Comms Kick

Annette Ritson

Managing Director of Net*

Giuseppe Abba and Matthew Wood

Founders of Film on the Brain

Ian Read

Head of Participation and Learning, Lakeland Arts

Zanna Dennis

Co Creative Director of Blue Moose Dance

Simon McElligott

Co-founder of Knotted Project

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Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Yorkshire Dales National Park conserves and enhances the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Park and promotes opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the area by the public.

Rural careers in the Yorkshire Dales

Hear from young people who work for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Hannah Kingsbury

Cultural Heritage Officer

Katy Foxford

Katy Foxford

Part Time Communications Apprentice

Isaac Bury

Dales Apprentice Ranger

James Firth

Ranger for Yorkshire Dales National Park

Claire Calvert

Planning Assistant

Emily Coates

Land Management Facilitator

Placing arts, heritage and culture at the heart of our future.