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OUR AIMS

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Some of our grounds 

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Our main aims for the trainees at the Foundation are

  • offering life changing opportunities.

  • gaining a second chance at success.

  • learning a skilled trade, obtaining qualifications and building up some savings.

 

We endeavor to train and educate 16-21 year olds who are in problematic situations at  home due to circumstances outside of their control.  They are enabled to improve conditions in their lives and to develop as individuals.

 

No educational qualifications are necessary and previous difficulties at school, at home, or with the authorities will not necessarily prejudice an admission. Each applicant is considered on his or her own merit.

 

The overriding requirements are that trainees are seriously committed to learning their chosen trade, and are prepared to adapt to the work ethic and to observe basic standards of behaviour.  Also candidates must be physically capable of doing a full days' work.  The Foundation aims to give young people a second chance to succeed.

 

In order to achieve these aims, the Foundation has established a residential training work experience complex in a spacious country estate at Cowfold, West Sussex.  Training and work experience is offered in a wide range of craft and trade disciplines.

 

The products made by our forge trainees, are designed and finished to a high standard, and retailed commercially through Camelia Botnar Homes & Gardens, the Foundation's retail outlet.

OUR FACILITIES

Successful applicants will be offered a placement on the basis of a 5 week trial period.   If that experience is seen to be constructive by both parties, a position will be offered for a period of up to 2 years - depending on the applicant's age and circumstances.   Trainees who stay for a two year period usually benefit more, as they have extra time in which to learn and consolidate their crafts and will therefore have better employment opportunities when they leave.

 

No fees or other charges are made for the training. The Foundation is a non profit making organisation and the income generated by the business activities at Camelia Botnar Homes and Gardens help to fund the charity. 

 

Tutoring:

Trainees are encouraged to aim for NVQs, Functional Skills Certificates and other relevant vocational qualifications, either directly in the workplace, or at local colleges. The Foundation has a tutor on site for teaching individually or in small groups as required.

  

Wages/Working Day:

Trainees are paid by the hour, on a four weekly basis into a bank account. A deduction is made to contribute towards board and lodging costs and an amount is also deducted for savings, with the aim of building up a lump sum for use towards accommodation and/or other costs which will arise when the trainee eventually leaves.

 

Working hours are 8.45am to 5pm Monday to Friday with half an hour for lunch. Packed lunches are provided on working days.

 

Self Development/Evening Studies:

The ethos is to instil into trainees that hard work, good work ethics and a commitment to succeed in the workplace can bring personal and professional success.  For example, trainees have the opportunity to have their wages increased every six months depending on their performance.     Also the Foundation has a purpose designed library, stocked with books, journals, and multi-media resources, including internet links for wider research.

 

Accommodation:

Living accommodation is initially provided in the main house on the estate and  will be a single room.   Breakfast and evening meals are taken in the main house dining room.   In due course, trainees will move out to the Coach House, which is a short walk from the main building. The Coach House  has 16 single bedded rooms,  a  tv room and separate laundry facilities. Whilst there are facilities for making hot drinks and light refreshments, the occupants in the Coach House are  still able to eat their breakfast and evening meals in the main house dining room.

 

When individuals are considered to be capable and ready, independent accommodation is provided in a number of cottages on the Estate where trainees cater entirely for themselves. Weekly trips are made to a  large supermarket to buy provisions, and to local general stores for small shopping items.

 

At weekends trainees organise their own time and activities, mostly returning home or visiting friends although there are opportunities to stay occasionaly weekends if you prefer.   Alternatively, it may be possible to work overtime some weekends at Camelia Botnar Garden Centre this is worked on a rota basis.  Although it may be possible to stay occasional weekends you will need to provide an alternative address for a placement, to show it has been agreed that you have somewhere to go if you are sick, for holidays, and weekends.

 

Evening entertainment:

The Foundation has superb grounds with sporting and recreational facilities located in and around the main house complex.   These include table tennis, snooker and pool tables, gymnasium, sports hall for indoor football, basketball, badminton, satellite TV, football pitch, tennis courts, library/computer room with wifi access.  We also have regular activities in-house during the evenings such as yoga, keep fit, graffiti workshops, as well as  trips out to the local  cinema, go-karting, swimming, bowling, rock climbing and much more.  In the Summer we hold BBQs on the grounds.  There is always plenty to keep you occupied in the evenings if you want to put your name down for an activity. 

 

Please note the Foundation is not open to the public and visits prior to any interview is not permitted.

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Paul Yallop,

Chief Executive

 

Tel 01403 865863

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OUR AIMS

Our main aims for the trainees at the Foundation are

  • Offering life changing opportunities.

  • Gaining a second chance at success.

  • Providing work experience and training to enter trades and the wider employment market

 

We endeavor to train and educate 16-21 year old's who are in problematic situations at home due to circumstances outside of their control.  They are enabled to improve conditions in their lives and to develop as individuals.

 

No educational qualifications are necessary and previous difficulties at school, at home, or with the authorities will not necessarily prejudice an admission. Each applicant is considered on his or her own merit.

 

The overriding requirements are that trainees are seriously committed to learning their chosen trade, and are prepared to adapt to the work ethic and to observe basic standards of behaviour.  Also candidates must be physically capable of doing a full days' work experience/ training.  The Foundation aims to give young people a second chance to succeed.

 

In order to achieve these aims, the Foundation has established a residential educational training work experience complex in a spacious country estate at Cowfold, West Sussex.  Training and work experience is offered in a wide range of craft and trade disciplines.

 

Some of the products made by our forge trainees, are designed and finished to a high standard, and retailed commercially through Camelia Botnar Garden Centre, the Foundation's retail outlet.

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We have Wifi with fast internet speed

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 A room in our main house

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Pool tables & football tables

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Football in the evenings

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Kitchen and bathroom in our flats

OUR FACILITIES

Successful applicants will be offered a placement on the basis of a six month period where they train for 3 months on Level 1 and three months on Level 2.  We will endeavour to send each trainee on a variety of courses during this period so they can leave after six months with a selection of certificates.  We have a careers coach who will steer them on the right path for job opportunities or apprenticeship courses  so they can leave with a focus on a career.  

 

No fees or other charges are made for the training. The Foundation is a non profit making organisation and the income generated by the business activities at Camelia Botnar Garden Centre help to fund the charity. 

 

Tutoring:

Trainees are encouraged to continue with Maths and English studies   and other relevant vocational qualifications, directly in the workplace through our trainers or our on-site Tutor who gives one-to-one and small group tuition.

  

Wages/Working Day:

Trainees commence work at 8.45 am and finish at 5.00 pm. and will receive an Educational Bursary every Friday afternoon provided they have trained for the whole five days. No charges are made for accommodation, food, travel to and from home, or evening excursions to cinema or other sports activities.  As an incentive to complete Levels 1 and 2 we reward with a voucher from Amazon for £300 and £500.  We encourage trainees to take a driving theory tests and we are currently looking into the  possibility of a forklift driving course. 

 

Packed lunches are provided on working days.

 

Self Development/Evening Studies:

The ethos is to instil into trainees that hard work, good work ethics and a commitment to succeed in the workplace can bring personal and professional success.     Also the Foundation has a purpose designed library, stocked with books, journals, and multi-media resources, including internet links for wider research.

 

Accommodation:

Living accommodation is initially provided in the main house on the estate which has 15 large single  bedrooms and  you will be given your own key. Breakfast and evening meals are taken in the main house dining room, breakfast is usually around 7.30am and the evening meal around 5.15pm.   In due course, trainees will move on to the Coach House, which is a short walk from the main building. The Coach House  has 16 single bedded rooms,  a  tv room and separate laundry facilities. Whilst there are facilities for making hot drinks and light refreshments, the occupants in the Coach House are  still able to eat their breakfast and evening meals in the main house dining room.

 

When individuals are considered to be capable and ready, independent accommodation is provided in a number of flats on the Estate where trainees cater entirely for themselves. Weekly trips are made to a  large supermarket to buy provisions, and to local general stores for small shopping items.

 

At weekends trainees organise their own time and activities, returning home or visiting friends. You will need to provide an alternative address for a placement, to show it has been agreed that you have somewhere to go if you are sick, for holidays, and weekends. During covid we have had to decline requests for staying over for the weekend so having alternative accommodation for every  Friday and Saturday night is a deal breaker.

 

Evening entertainment:

The Foundation has superb grounds with sporting and recreational facilities located in and around the main house complex.  During  Covid restrictions we have had to cut back on the evening activities and practise social distancing but normally activities would  include table tennis, snooker and pool tables, gymnasium, sports hall for indoor football, basketball, badminton, TVs in communal areas all with super fast wifi, football pitch, tennis courts.  We also have regular activities in-house during the evenings such as yoga, keep fit, graffiti workshops, as well as  trips out to the local  cinema, go-karting, swimming, bowling, rock climbing and much more.  In the Summer we hold BBQs on the grounds.  There is always plenty to keep you occupied in the evenings if you want to put your name down for an activity. Super fast wifi is available in the communal rooms and most of the bedrooms.

 

Please note the Foundation is not open to the public and visits prior to any interview is not permitted.

Please click this pdf link to view or print off our brochure

VISITS TO THE FOUNDATION

 

Although we are not open to the general public, we do sometimes offer a tour of the Estate to Social Workers and other organisations who may wish to refer or assist young people with their applications. Applicants get a tour at the interview stage only.

 

If you are interested in joining our next organised visit, please contact

 

 enquiries@cameliabotnar.com