Education, Placements and Apprenticeships

DNAire is a fantastic opportunity to bring our river alive in the classroom.  Our project will work with Schools, Colleges and Universities in Leeds, Bradford and Skipton.

We want to allow children and young people to realise the potential that STEM careers (Science, Technology and Maths) offer in protecting our natural world and tackling problems like flooding.  For much of its life the River Aire has faced problems caused by industry and engineering.  The straightening and deepening of the river enabled it be used for navigation and 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 enabling us to restore the river.

Working with schools

Are you a Teacher looking for an engaging way to explore your local river?

DNAire will take us into primary schools (Key Stage 2) to show children the STEM skills that are breathing new life into the river.  Join us as we explore the wildlife we find below the water surface and their life cycles.  Get you hands wet as we use our giant river table to show how rivers change the landscape and the effects we have as we try to it turn shape them through weirs and flood defences.  Discover the impact of pollution and what we can do in our homes to help stop it.

Our series of three workshops include a funded opportunity to visit your local river to see the ideas we learn in the classroom come to life.

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

Working with colleges and universities

Interested in a career helping the environment?

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 including engineering and environmental science.


Want to get that first step in an exciting and rewarding career in environmental conservation?

DNAire will enable us to offer an exciting apprenticeship within the project to enable young people to gain practical conservation skills.  Enjoy an varied role that will take you from planting trees overlooking a beautiful river valley to running a community clean up in the middle of urban Bradford.

Watch this space for vacancies.

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