Fifteen apprenticeships are being created as part of ongoing plans to revitalise Bishop Auckland and offer increased training opportunities for the local community.

Auckland Castle Trust has just announced 15 new posts, covering everything from Events Support and Visitor Experience to Horticulture and Health and Safety.

Applications for 14 of the roles are now open to all ages and backgrounds, with submissions closing on June 18 2017.

This includes Engagement Assistant Apprentice, working alongside Auckland Castle Trust’s Engagement Team to support key activities for families, adults and schools; Projects Administration Apprentice, assisting the charity’s busy Projects department as it works to deliver buildings for a world-class visitor destination; and Facilities Apprentice, helping to maintain new and existing aspects of the landmark site.

There are also roles in Events Support, Community Outreach, Health and Safety, Commercial Services and Curatorial, as well as one post for an Administrator and Receptionist for the Chairman’s Office and five separate apprenticeships within the Horticultural team, looking after Auckland Castle’s deer park and forthcoming gardens.

The remaining Visitor Experience apprenticeship will be recruited later this year.

Each paid apprenticeship will be based at Auckland Castle Trust and will run for a minimum of 12 months, with additional training and support one day per week from Bishop Auckland College.

This will build on the ongoing partnership between the Trust and College, known as the Auckland Academy, which has already successfully delivered nine apprenticeships, including roles in Finance, Joinery, Marketing, Business Administration, Visitor Services and the gallery at No42 Market Place.

The 15 new roles are among 60 apprenticeships being created by Auckland Castle Trust over the next three years as it works to transform Auckland Castle into an arts, faith and heritage destination of international significance in a £70m revitalisation scheme.

The scheme has been made possible in part thanks to a significant investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), supported by National Lottery players, which also includes funding for 34 apprenticeships.

Joanna Edwards, Employability Officer at Auckland Castle Trust, said: “An apprenticeship is a great way of balancing practical learning in a paid role, with continued education.

“All 15 of these new vacancies offer the opportunity to be a part of a growing charity and exciting multi-million pound revitalisation project, while also equipping participants with the skills they need for a successful career with Auckland Castle Trust or elsewhere.”

Further information about the new apprenticeships at Auckland Castle Trust, including full role descriptions and requirements, can be found online at www.bacoll.ac.uk/auckland-academy.  Anyone interested in applying is asked to submit a CV and covering letter to Joanna.edwards@aucklandcastle.org by June 18 2017.

More details about Auckland Castle Trust and its Future Plans is also available at www.aucklandcastle.org