Castle of Mey launches apprenticeship programme for young graduates
The trustees of The Queen Mother’s much-loved home in Caithness are to launch an apprentice programme for graduates enabling them to start their first salaried employment.
The programme will provide the first step on the employment ladder for recently-qualified young people and it will supply continued tuition under the guidance of experts in their profession, including Alan Titchmarsh who has agreed to lend his name and support.
This programme has already captured the hearts and minds of benefactors of The Castle and Gardens of Mey in supporting the ‘living’ legacy of The Queen Mother at Friends and Patrons level.
To date, £17,000 has been raised for the cause.
The Castle of Mey Apprentice Programme is aimed at graduates between the ages of 18 and 30.
During their 12-month salaried position, they will continue to develop their skills working within the team, harnessing modern and heritage working practices to gain invaluable experience for their futures.
Initially, a garden apprentice and marketing and communications apprentice will be funded.
For the garden apprentice, work experience will include visits to other gardens so their experience is broadened and will include potential visits to other royal gardens.
Similar opportunities will be created for the marketing and communications apprentice, so that they gain a broad learning experience in the tourism sector.
The apprentices will be selected by a panel in accordance with pre agreed criteria and in conjunction with educational establishments in Scotland.
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