Longleat Apprentices Receive Awards

10 Aug 2021

A total of 11 members of staff, two from Cheddar Gorge & Caves and nine from Longleat, were presented with their apprenticeship certificates in an event which had to be postponed for over a year due to the pandemic.
The awards were for customer service, business administration and management. Longleat launched its apprenticeship programme in 2018 in partnership with Warminster-based Management Training Plus. A further eight apprentices have signed up in 2020 and a new cohort is due to start in September.
As part of the programme Longleat has also developed its own apprenticeship scheme for a Level 3 Keeper & Aquarist certificate, which it is delivering in association with Haddon Training. 
“When our class of 2019 enrolled on their apprenticeship programme none of us could have predicted what was coming,” said Longleat’s Training Office, Jenny Smith.
“Not only have our 2019 cohort excelled as a group by passing their apprenticeship along with delivering a busy role but they had the added complication of completing their apprenticeships in the face of a pandemic. I was lucky enough to attend some of the training sessions and observe the apprentices interacting with their fabulous coaches. Every one of them brought something different to the apprenticeship and I could see how these interactions brought a greater understanding and appreciation for the roles they all do in our business,” she added.  
Longleat’s apprenticeships are designed to help develop existing team members who want to achieve nationally recognised qualifications in addition to their day-to-day roles.
“Apprenticeships are not just for those who are leaving school , they are now a great way of continuing your learning journey and professional development regardless of age or position in a company,” said Management Training Plus’s Lesley Blain. 
“From first time employee to company director there is an Apprenticeship to help you upskill or obtain recognition for your knowledge and skills,” she added.
For more information please contact Steve Mytton on 07715 798 960 or email steve.mytton@longleat.co.uk.
About Longleat
Home to the Marquesses of Bath since the 1600s, Longleat has been welcoming visitors for more than 400 years. The Wiltshire estate was the first to open its doors to the public back in 1949 and significantly re-defined the world of tourism in 1966 when it launched the only drive-through safari park outside of Africa.
Today it is one of the UK’s most iconic and popular family attractions, annually attracting around a million visitors with its unique mix of magical wildlife encounters, rich history, astonishing experiences and year-round programme of immersive events and festivals.
Longleat Apprentices Receive Awards
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