Wednesday night saw the launch of the new Traineeship Programme at Chatsworth House for all our learners and their parents. The Duke of Devonshire attended, along with the staff from Chatsworth involved in the programme.
Chatsworth and Babington are working in partnership on this brand new programme, which gained its first twelve trainees last week.
Trainees are working in a variety of departments, including retail, restaurants, bakery, gardening and landscape, warehousing, and visitors’ guide and welcome.
The programme combines tutoring, training and work experience, equipping trainees with a broad range of skills. Two days each week are spent in a classroom setting. Functional skills including maths and English and covered, along with a focus on employability and personal development, which involves some customer service training. Trainees spend the other three days of each week gaining skills in their chosen work placement department.
The programme is employer-led, with training and work experience delivered on site. This allows Chatsworth staff to have full involvement in trainee development, imparting their own skills and knowledge to the 16-19 year-olds involved.
Learners receive their travel costs from Babington, along with a training allowance from Chatsworth of £330 per month, to support them through the programme.
The programme is 20 weeks long, due to finish at the end of November. Throughout that time, trainees can apply for any vacancies that come up, and will be guaranteed an interview.
The Traineeship Programme represents a wonderful opportunity for young people in the local area who are looking to gain new skills and enhance their employability.