National Trust in search for recruits

FROM sculptures to paintings and furniture to books, the National Trust’s houses are filled with fascinating objects and collections.

The Trust is now seeking applicants for the next intake of its ‘Passport to your Future’ training programme which offers the chance to learn about the care of these collections and to engage with its visitors about conservation.

‘Passport to your Future’ is a pioneering scheme to introduce greater diversity to the workforce and help to break down some of the barriers traditionally faced by some people when looking for a job.

Applications are sought from anyone with a disability, a lack of formal qualifications, who has been long-term unemployed or is from an under-represented ethnic minority group.

The roles are designed for those who may not have formal qualifications or may have faced challenges when trying to move into the workplace.

The one-year ‘House and Collections Management’ training will provide the chance to work with Trust staff and volunteers and to learn technical and practical skills that will lead to a ‘heritage passport.’

This passport provides a portfolio demonstrating the skills gained during the placement.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) the ‘Passport’ scheme offers one-year paid training. Placements begin in May. The location for the next intake of trainees are: Clumber Park, Mr Straw’s House and The Workhouse at Southwell.

To find out more visit www.passporttoyourfuture.org.uk