Who we are ...

The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty is a charity whose remit is to look after special places for ever, for everyone. These special places include stately homes and their contents, parks and gardens, but also 250,000 hectares of open countryside and 1,100 kilometers of coastline across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Training and vocational education is therefore vital to the work of the National Trust.

All its 5,000 staff are appraised annually and a professional development programme is agreed each year between each member of staff and his/her line-manager. The National Trust also offers 'Careership' programmes in gardening and in the care of historic buildings, for trainees. The National Trust relies very heavily on volunteers. There are currently over 60,000 volunteers who offer their time to the National Trust. Many of these volunteers are elderly or early retired and some are young people or people with special needs, such as people with disabilities, and others who are at risk of social exclusion. The training and development of volunteers is therefore a key priority for the National Trust.

The National Trust was the co-ordinating partner for this project and led on most aspects of project management, including: overseeing the programme of mobilities; agreeing responsibilities and tasks among project partners; monitoring the project outputs and ensuring that quality standards were maintained at all times; budgetary/financial control and administration; contract management and reporting to the European Commission; dissemination and evaluation of project results.



National Trust
Kemble Drive
Swindon SN2 2NA
Tel: +44 844 800 1895
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

The project was funded from a Leonardo da Vinci grant.
The project started in 2010 and was finished in 2012.