They're 'Getting into the Past'

PUBLISHED: 17:24 31 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:32 24 May 2010

YOUNG people will be learning new techniques such as conservation and customer services skills at Wraxall's Tyntesfield estate - thanks to a cash boost from the Big Lottery Fund. The Gothic mansion, which is owned by the National Trust, is taking part in

YOUNG people will be learning new techniques such as conservation and customer services skills at Wraxall's Tyntesfield estate - thanks to a cash boost from the Big Lottery Fund.The Gothic mansion, which is owned by the National Trust, is taking part in the new project 'Getting into the Past' which will see disadvantaged young people take part in experience based training. The project is being jointly pioneered by the National Trust in partnership with the Prince's Trust and is being funded by a £1.2 million lottery grant.The young people will take part in a week long community project at Tyntesfield as part of a 12-week team programme with the trust.At the end of the programme, participants will have the opportunity to return to the National Trust property to take part in a two week training placement before a longer term placement, of six to nine months, is offered.Positions will include working within the historic house's tea rooms, gardens and countryside or on conservation work such as stonemasonry. National Trust director general Fiona Reynolds said: "We are delighted to receive this award."It will enable hundreds of disadvantaged young people to receive valuable work experience and to be inspired by the special places we look after."The project is a key part of our vision to make the National Trust more accessible for young people and provide them with opportunities to learn new skills."'Getting into the Past' will be launched later this year.To find out more contact the Prince's Trust on 0800 842842.

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