Our main aims for the trainees at the Foundation are
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.
Meet the departments and their managers and just a few of the people we've helped recently.