Beningbrough Hall is Yorkshire’s placement provider for the National Trust’s innovative training scheme ‘Passport to your Future’, which provides paid year long placements to those wanting to break into the heritage sector. With a chance call the breathtaking Georgian house and grounds your place of work, and being able to tell prospective employers that you’ve trained with one of the UK’s largest charities, the opportunity is a haven for those passionate about maintaining and sharing Yorkshire’s history.
Designed for those who many not have formal qualifications, or have come across challenges in working in the heritage sector, the placement provides in-depth training and experience in Visitor Experience. Having had success with the scheme in previous years, the ‘Passport to you Future’ scheme has been granted funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, allowing them to take three intakes of trainees between now and May 2014 across different National Trust sites in the UK.
The concept is to introduce greater diversity to the workforce and create a platform that gives the opportunity for those passionate about working in heritage, but unclear on the what pathways are available.
The paid placement will involve on-hand training, learning technical and practical skills in customer care and visitor engagement, skills that will help to build a portfolio of employability for the future. One of seven National Trust sites across the country to be offering the placement, Beningbrough hall is famous for it’s visitor engagement, having been awarded the Visit York 2013 Award for Visitor Attraction of the Year. John, one of this past years trainee’s believes that the experience has aided his possibilities for the further employability, “Throughout the last 12 months I have been on the steepest learning curve of my life, so much information has been sent my way that I didn’t think I would ever retain any of it. Surprisingly I have and I feel remarkably well prepared for a new career direction with an abundance of marketable skills.”
Application are open to anyone, thought may be of specific interest to anyone with a disability, a lack of formal qualifications, who has been long-term unemployed or is from an underrepresented ethnic minority group. A chance to break down the barriers traditionally faced with heritage jobs. With no need for work experience or specified qualifications the only requirement that they’re asking is that applicants are enthusiastic and willing to learn.
This year potential applicants are able to attend an open day at Beningbrough hall to find out more about the scheme. To learn more about about the ‘Passport to your Future’ scheme, the taster day and apply visit www.passporttoyourfuture.org.uk.