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Learning from the Past – Skilled for the Future

This is an imageIn partnership with the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse has been awarded £1.1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future programme to deliver a training project between 2011 and 2015.

This project provides an opportunity for young people and adults from any background to develop skills and knowledge in a specific area of traditional skills. Where possible, learning will be tied to accredited qualifications. This will give the trainees both work experience and training, and will be a good stepping stone for further opportunities in the heritage or historic environment sector.

At Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse we are offering a number of formal apprenticeships in such areas as traditional farming and horticulture in partnership with Easton College.

We will also be offering 6-12 month traineeships that will be targeted at both young people and ‘second careerers’. These will be based around areas such as heritage gardening, woodland & heritage land management, rural collections management and interpretation, and managing historic buildings.

Trainees will work alongside staff and volunteers under the supervision of a project officer. Mentoring and career development support will also be provided. For people not sure what area they wish to specialise in there is a yearly programme of 3 month traditional skills “taster” courses running at the Museum of East Anglian Life.

If you would like more information on the work taking place at the Museum of East Anglian Life, please see the Skills for the Future page on their website.

For information on current vacancies at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, please see the Training Opportunities webpage.

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