19 May 2016

Young People interested in a career in tourism, hospitality, or gardening have a unique training opportunity this summer thanks to a pioneering partnership between Buxton & Leek College (part of University of Derby) and Chatsworth.

The Chatsworth Traineeship Programme on offer to 16 to 24 year olds will bring them a chance to boost their work skills, build their confidence, and learn all about team working alongside the Chatsworth estate teams. The programme is aimed at those young people who are not quite ready to go into an apprenticeship or other employment.

Chatsworth Training and Development Manager, Sue Lumb said: “Chatsworth is delighted to be able to offer young people the opportunity to develop their employability skills in a professional, diverse and exciting working environment. Our teams are dedicated to supporting the trainees and helping them gain as much as possible from their time with us.”

A key part of the Traineeship is the work placement and all aspects of Chatsworth business are offering opportunities - including learning Bakery skills to supply the Chatsworth cafes and shops, as a Visitor Guide welcoming visitors to the House and sharing its story; developing gardening skills by looking after the impressive grounds and gardens, and learning hospitality and customer service skills in the gift shops, restaurants, kitchens or warehousing spaces.

Assistant Principal at Buxton & Leek College, Jack Price said: “Traineeships are a great way for young people to develop their own work based skills and aptitudes, preparing them for further qualifications and employment. Chatsworth is known for its quality visitor experience and its broad appeal, and the trainees will be putting their learning into practice at one of the top visitor attractions in the north of England. This will stand them in great stead for their future careers”.

Starting on August 1, the Chatsworth Traineeship Programme will see young people taking part in work placements for three days a week and 2 days onsite training to develop employment skills and improve English and maths skills (for those that require it). An allowance will be paid to help with transport and meals. At the end of the 14-week placement the trainee will receive a reference from Chatsworth, will have the opportunity to apply for vacancies at the estate - including the new Gardening apprenticeship, and will be supported to help find other suitable apprenticeships, training and job roles to build on their experience gained at Chatsworth and meet their career aspirations.

The Programme is an addition to the existing portfolio of local training opportunities for young people from the University of Derby. Starting from a traineeship or apprenticeship with Buxton & Leek College, learners can progress onto degree-level qualifications such as Foundation Degrees or Higher Apprenticeships to help achieve their career ambitions whilst gaining valuable on-the-job training.

An information and selection event is being held during July and Chatsworth will be looking for young people who are enthusiastic about customer service, enjoy working as part of a team, are interested in developing their communication skills and committed to their own development.

Interested young people should check out the website at www.blc.ac.uk/chatsworth or call Buxton & Leek College for more information on 0800 074 0099.

Buxton & Leek College boasts industry standard facilities, comprehensive support services, and a team of dedicated staff who take pride in supporting students towards their study and career goals.