I was recently sent some testimonials from a group of trainees who took part in a Skills for the Future project via the National Trust, called Passport to Your Future. And it was really heartening to read how some of the trainees really did create a new future for themselves by taking part!
Like “unemployed, approaching 50, former full time drinker” Kevin who “fell into the fascinating world of cleaning and conserving historic objects” at a property he remembers playing in the grounds of as a child, and found himself “happy as a pig in the proverbial”.
And Lucy, whose career in retail buying was cut short by chronic fatigue syndrome, and then, following a long rehabilitiation process, was advised to hide her illness from potential employers, as it would be a barrier to success. In fact, the Passport to Your Future project actively “helped me overcome any barriers to work. The role has made coming back to work easy and a joy”.
The project has proved just as beneficial to those working with the trainees, too, said one line manager: “Initially slightly sceptical and in need of an extra pair of hands to support one of our smaller properties, our opinions soon changed as our trainee became a valuable member of the team and rapidly exceeded our expectations of the project and our individual trainee”.
Don't forget, we are accepting applications for new Skills for the Future project grants until 13 October: https://www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/skills-future