TWELVE students are to get valuable work experience at a leading tourist attraction next year thanks to the link between the Duke of Northumberland and the county’s newest academy school.
The Duke – together with the Church of England – is the sponsor of the academy which has been created to improve educational standards in the former Hirst schools partnership in Ashington, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and Lynemouth.
Now 12 sixth form students who enrol on a special course at the academy this September will be given paid work placements with the Duke’s Northumberland Estates business wing from February through to October next year. They will work at Alnwick Castle and the Alnwick Garden on a range of jobs and duties as part of their two-year BTEC level three course in travel and tourism.
Yesterday Adrian Sensicle, public relations manager at the Ashington-based Northumberland Church of England Academy, said its strong link with the Duke had enabled the paid positions to be created.
“When you are going for your first job, if you can say you have work experience with the Duke of Northumberland on his estates then that is a massive bonus.”
Students who enrol for the BTEC course starting in September will gain certificates in health and safety and food handling.