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 15 students gained work experience with the Group in 2018. In addition, around a dozen students each year from 6th forms and universities assist with lambing at Dunsa Farm.
  • Foundation level learning - Run externally by Derbyshire Agricultural and Rural Training (DART) and hosted by the Chatsworth gardens teams, these work placements offer experience within the horticultural industry as well as employability skills training.
  • Apprenticeships - paid roles in which the apprentice develops an industry-specific skillset. In 2018 there were more than a dozen apprentices in several areas of the organisation, in gardening, hospitality, catering, operations and IT.

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 2018 included the building department, Collections, the farms, forestry and land agents teams and the Chatsworth Health Club.
  • Graduates - fixed term roles held by recent graduates, benefitting both the employer and the participant. In 2018, the farms team took on a graduate as a Trainee Farm Manager on a two year contract, and Lord Burlington and HR took on a graduate for a 6 month internship.
  • 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, a further three studentships have been put forward for funding with the intention they will start in October 2019. The projects will investigate the North Wing at Chatsworth: how it was rebuilt in the 19th century, and how it has been used and experienced since.
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