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£1m for 28 new apprentices at Auckland Castle

Catering Manager, Charlotte Walton, Director of HR & Corporate Services, Rebecca Coates and Gardener, Ian Legge of Auckland Castle Trust Photo:

The Auckland Castle Trust has been given £1million to fund up to 28 apprentices in the new Walled Garden over the next three years.

The Garfield Weston Foundation has awarded the money to the charity with the aim of enhancing the workforce in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

The £1million grant – the second given to Auckland Castle Trust by the Garfield Weston Foundation in 2016 - is among more than £900million donated by the Foundation to good causes across the UK since it was established in1958 and represents the funder’s ongoing focus on supporting charities and voluntary organisations across North East England.

“The Weston Bursaries are an important part of our work in the North East region and we look forward to seeing talented young people build successful careers and contribute to their community – we are confident the region will benefit from all that Auckland Castle has to offer”.

– The Foundation’s Director, Philippa Charles

“We are very pleased to be working with the Garfield Weston Foundation to fund 28 apprenticeships in Auckland Castle’s Walled Garden.

“The Weston Bursaries and other, similar initiatives, will play a key role in helping to prepare the workforce in Bishop Auckland for the employment opportunities that will arise with the restoration of the Castle, as well as the wider regeneration of the town as a whole.”

– Rebecca Coates, Human Resources Director for Auckland Castle Trust