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Interns working in Cherry Tree Cottage Garden, Gressenhall

Learning from the Past – Skilled for the Future

Skills for the Future - Evaluation 2011-2014

In 2011, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse began a £1.1 million Heritage Lottery Funded training scheme, along with the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket. We have now come to the end of this project.

79 people were able to work with us as trainees and apprentices during the time of the project. It was a unique opportunity for people from many different backgrounds to develop skills and knowledge in a specific area of traditional or heritage skills. Often, their on-the-job learning was supported by accredited qualifications.

It has proved to be a great stepping stone for people to get into long-term paid work in the heritage or historic environment sector. Most of the trainees who were with us have now moved on to paid work in their chosen field.

A 15 minute film summarises the project and shows you many of the trainees and what they have been doing.. To view the film, please click here.

To read about the work and achievements of our former apprentices and trainees - in areas such as traditional farming, horticulture, woodland and heritage land management, and rural collections management - please click here to Hear from the Trainees

You can read the archive of their blogs, and access issues of the quarterly newsletter that accompanied the Skills for the Future project, Trainmail.

No further traineeships are available at the present time, but we hope to be able to offer some similar posts in the future. If you would like to be kept informed of any future opportunities, please contact and ask to be added to the mailing list.

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