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Young Engagement Forum and Careers Taster Scheme

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Visitors and National Trust Staff | © Paul Harris

Through the work of the National Trust, we believe that all children and young people can thrive in nature, beauty, and history. Here at Quarry Bank, there are exciting opportunities for 16–25-year-olds to gain valuable hands-on experience.

Young Engagement Forum

If you’re aged 16-25 and want to make new friends, gain experience, and design great new events, then we’d love for you to join us.

Quarry Bank’s Youth Engagement Forum is ready to welcome enthusiastic people every month.

Work together with new friends to develop your ideas in a supportive environment to learn new skills and create activities for other visitors and young people to enjoy.

This is your chance to be a youth voice, and shape the direction and important goals the group will lead on. With historic properties, revolving exhibitions, natural environments, and a heap of social history, Quarry Bank has a range of things to suit whatever your interests.

No experience or knowledge is necessary, we are interested in people who are keen to get involved and share their passions.

The meetings take place on the second Saturday of each month 11am-3pm. Please meet at Visitor Reception.

Lunch will be provided, and travel to the property will be reimbursed.

To find out more please contact Bronte Appleby, contact details below.

A group of young people cooking popcorn on a fire
A group of young people cooking popcorn on a fire | © Megan Taylor

Careers taster scheme

Looking to get hands on experience in the Heritage and Conservation sector? The Quarry Bank Career’s Taster scheme is looking to work with young people aged 18-25 to give them practical and helpful experiences developing them for their next steps professionally. This is a voluntary project.

Following the academic year starting in September 2024, the scheme follows three termly projects which are:

  1. Quarry Bank Creative Scheme – A chance for you to get to know the site, understand the stories of QB and create an event/project to attract 18–25-year-olds to Quarry Bank – done in person.
  2. Personal Development – 1:1 support with employability skills including writing a CV & cover letter, interview prep, chances to sit on recruitment panels, UCAS help alongside help with any ‘soft’ skills that you may want to look at. Personal Development is adaptable to the needs of the candidate. – done via online sessions.
  3. Volunteering – A chance for you to gain hands on experience in an area of Quarry Bank you are interested in. Teams to volunteer with include Learning, Welcome, Events, Rangers.

The scheme is currently unpaid but travel expenses to Quarry Bank and lunch on site will be covered. The scheme will be conducted in a hybrid way (both in person and via Microsoft Teams) with a mix of day and evening sessions. The sessions run approximately once every fortnight.

If you would like to apply, please follow the link to the application form. If successful, you will then be invited to an informal phone call.

If you want to know more information or have any questions, please contact Bronte Appleby.


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