For young people in rural communities, employment opportunities can be hard to find. Understanding the importance of decency and value of doing the right thing, we take pride in offering young people in our communities the chance to gain their first experiences of the workplace.

Over the next ten years, we will take on 250 trainees, apprentices and paid graduates, and enable 250 pre-GCSE work experience placements. We will work with local education and training providers to create these opportunities to benefit young people.

The types of opportunities we currently offer include:

  • Work experience - short placements for school children aged 14 and 15 to shadow members of staff in their roles. A total of 16 students gained work experience with the Group in 2019. In addition, eight students each year from 6th forms and universities assisted with lambing at Dunsa Farm.
  • Apprenticeships - paid roles in which the apprentice develops an industry-specific skillset. In 2019 five new apprentices joined the organisation.

We also provide placements and projects for students in Higher Education, such as:

  • Undergraduates - placements for students undertaking degrees in a wide range of fields. Departments hosting undergraduate placements in 2019 included the building department, forestry and land agents teams.
  • Graduates - fixed term roles held by recent graduates, benefitting both the employer and the participant. In 2019, there were graduate roles in Farms and Finance.
  • PhD students - postgraduate doctoral level projects supervised by staff in the Collections department. In 2018, three PhD students from the University of Sheffield completed studies on the people who lived and worked on the Chatsworth Estate in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. In collaboration with the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities, two new PhD students started work in 2019: one of them is researching the history of Chatsworth's Theatre; the other is looking at the history of our archives - specifically the role of women in creating and curating Chatsworth's collections.
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