Education, Placements and Apprenticeships

We want education to be an integral part of DNAire.  Our project plans to work with Schools, Colleges and Universities in Leeds, Bradford and Skipton.

Many of the problems the River Aire has faced in its life have been caused by engineering.  The straightening and deepening of the river enabled it be used for navigation. The weirs built during the Industrial Revolution were a valuable source of power.  However both led to a decline in fish stocks.

Now, it is engineering that is now enabling us to restore the river.  We want to create placement and training opportunities to enable young people and undergraduates.  Through these we want to show how STEM careers (Science, Technology and Maths) are protecting our natural world and tackling problems like flooding.

Working with schools

We believe that to encourage children to realise the potential that STEM careers have both for them and to help the environment they it is important to engage them early in their school progression.

DNAire plans to work with children in primary schools (Key Stage 2) to encourage children to engage with STEM subjects (Science, Technology and Maths).  We want to get students thinking creatively about how they could be used to tackle environmental issues.  Our plans include both school workshops and the opportunity to visit the river to see how ideas are applied in real life.  Our education programme will also be open to Key Stage 3 STEM Clubs.

If you a school in the Aire Valley who are interested in becoming involved please get in touch.

Working with colleges and universities

Through DNAire we want to offer placements for young people to allow them to gain valuable experience of the STEM roles that will make this project a success.  We are working with partners and contractors to offer placements for both undergraduates and college students studying STEM subjects.

If you a university or college in the Aire Valley who are interested in becoming involved please get in touch.

Apprenticeship

We are keen to offer an apprenticeship within the project to enable young people to gain the skills needed to start an exciting and rewarding career in environmental conservation.

If you a college or training provider in the Aire Valley who are interested in becoming involved please get in touch.

A teenager's hard hat ready for an educational site visit