Each trainee was tasked to complete a project over the year. They worked with their line manager and mentors to identify a topic, collect a client brief and then put together a business plan.
This was submitted to the programme manager to ensure the project proposal met the criteria set out in the original Heritage Lottery Fund bid. Once this was approved, the trainee put together the plans and processes, which were approved by the client and sponsor and then implemented the project.
At the end of the project the trainee gave a ten minute presentation to an invited audience at a celebration event.
The projects could include creating an exhibition and organising an event, to publishing an article or writing a blog. It had to engage a new audience as part of the National Trust’s work, and for the trainee to demonstrate the skills they had developed during their placement.
Students had to choose a subject which could be achieved with certain constraints, which was innovative and which could provide a positive legacy for the property once the trainee left.
‘My project was cataloguing Ham Houses’ large collection of metal objects, which needed researching so they were given their own inventory number. To someone fascinated by anything old or historical, this kept me happily busy for a while.’
Year 4 trainee
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