nationaltrust2The National Trust has been given funding to provide new training opportunities in its Skills for the Future programme. This means we can provide training, to a greater range of people, who can then work in historic properties and gardens and inspire, engage and enthuse visitors about our amazing places.

Please contact:
Tel: 07854234319
Claire.poulton@nationaltrust.org.uk
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

The Trust is aiming this project at audiences that are not usually found at National Trust properties and will do everything they can to break down the barriers that these target groups usually find when they are looking for a job. The National Trust welcomes applications from adults with a learning disability.

The National Trust has been awarded funding to provide new training opportunities under the Skills for the Future programme. This is a really exciting opportunity and I have attached more details about this project below.

The National Trust is trying to recruit from the following groups, which at present are underrepresented in the NT audience.

  1. Black and ethnic minorities
  2. Long term unemployed.
  3. People with disabilities
    • Learning disabilities;
    • Mental health Issues;
    • Physical disabilities but not access;
  4. Education under achievers
  5. 16-24 year olds (we will focus less on this group, and more on the other three).

Although other people are free to apply as well.

As an organization representing people with learning disabilities, I was wondering if it would be possible to try to create a partnership between our two organizations, to enable people from your organization to find out about this opportunity. It would be really helpful to be able to communicate with you, about what form this partnership might take.
I was wondering if it would be possible for you to e mail me or for you to phone me, so that we could talk about this in a little more depth.

Summary of Project

The National Trust has been awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to provide new training opportunities under the Skills for the Future programme. The funding will support the National Trust’s on-going commitment to training and will increase the diversity of people working in the heritage sector.

The Trust is hoping to recruit from the following groups, which at present are underrepresented in the NT audience.

  1. Black and ethnic minorities
  2. Long term unemployed.
  3. People with disabilities
    • Learning disabilities;
    • Mental health Issues;
    • Physical disabilities but not access;
  4. Education under achievers
  5. 16-24 year olds (we will focus less on this group, and more on the other three).

The National Trust is using this project as a pilot to learn how to access groups underrepresented in their audience, in their recruitment process.

A total of thirty people will be selected onto the programme over a three year period. Each placement will last for twelve months.

The first year’s intake will concentrate on Collections and House Management and Trainees will learn how to engage people with historic houses, experiencing a balanced programme of technical skills in housekeeping and preventive conservation.

The second year’s intake will learn how to manage the Heritage Visitor Experience and how to engage visitors and the local community, by learning the skills of visitor service professionals, focusing on core visitor service skills and people engagement.

The final year’s intake will concentrate on Heritage Horticulture and Countryside Management. They will learn the skills of outdoor professionals, engaging people with outdoor heritage spaces, their work and issues such as climate change.

The Trust will find innovative ways of recruiting from the target audiences and will endeavour to break down the barriers that these target groups usually encounter in a recruitment process and in finding a job. Selection criteria are based on passion and enthusiasm for the post and the amazing places that the Trust manages and not on traditional academic qualifications. The Trust will ensure accessibility does not become an issue in appointing, taking into account the needs and competencies of the Trainee.
The Trainee will follow a structured training programme, but will be a key player in deciding the skills that they want to learn and the training programme will be designed around their interests, needs and capabilities. The Trainees will leave with an accredited heritage Skills Passport demonstrating the skills they have gained during their placement.

This scheme will give the participants some paid for work experience, skills in an industry where there is traditionally a skills shortage as well as experience, a reference, a Heritage Skills Passport and an impressive portfolio which will give them an improved chance of employment.

‘We are delighted to have received this funding from Heritage Lottery Fund. It gives us an opportunity to share our properties and knowledge with a new group of people, crucially increasing the skills base and diversity of the heritage workforce’
Dame Fiona Reynolds, Director-General of the National Trust
Thank you very much in anticipation.

Claire Poulton
Claire Poulton
Skills for the Future Project Manager
National Trust, Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon
Wilts SN2 2NA

Tel: 07854234319

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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