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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VISITS TO THE FOUNDATION
Although we are not open to the general public or for possible applicants, we do sometimes offer a short tour of the Estate to Social Workers and other organisations who may wish to refer or assist young people with their applications.
If you are interested in joining our next organised visit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org