The Prince’s Trust and the National Trust
What is Get into the Past?
Get into the Past is a unique and exciting collaboration between
the National Trust and The Prince's Trust.
Funded by The Big Lottery, it offers personal development,
vocational training, work placements and Development Awards for
young people at 16 National Trust properties across the South West,
East Midlands and North East.
How the partnership works
National Trust properties provide a venue, staff and resources
to support young people on Team, Get into and long-term work
placements, improving their self-confidence, mental and physical
wellbeing and skills development.
Many of the young people on the Get into the Past programme have
never visited a National Trust site before and this provides an
interesting opportunity for them to experience something completely
different and undertake training in a fantastic setting.
Get into the Past provides an unprecedented opportunity for
long-term organisational learning, development and best practice
across the two organisations and is effective at encouraging young
people to make a positive contribution to their communities.
What activities have young people been involved in?
Team community project
- The Team at Saltram recreated a planned 18th century
folly and created footpaths in the garden for visitor access to a
WW2 bomb shelter.
- The young people at Ormesby turned a narrow, muddy woodland
route into a pathway accessible to motorised buggy users.
- The Team at Trengwainton researched and constructed bird boxes
to encourage nesting in the wooded areas of the property.
Get into programme
The Prince’s Trust has worked with staff at National Trust
properties to run Get into programmes ranging from Customer
Services to Gardening to Construction, providing young people with
vocational training, qualifications, work experience and
Get into Admin at Heelis enabled young people to experience,
work and succeed in the National Trust’s central office. At
Kingston Lacy young people gained LANTRA qualifications in a number
Long-term work placements
- After completing Get into Dry Stone Walling, Dan began a
gardening placement at Ormesby Hall, taking part in training
programmes to help his journey into full-time employment.
- Ricky completed Get into Customer Services at Cotehele and is
now doing a 2-year apprenticeship alongside his placement in the
restaurant as a trainee chef.
- Sam took part in Get into Admin at Heelis and began a placement
within the Conservation department, moving on to a part-time paid
job with the Youth Offending Team in Swindon.