Press release

14 March 2016

14 March 2016

From Monday 14 March, Historic Royal Palaces will be joining the celebrations for National Apprenticeship Week.

Apprenticeship, earning an NVQ level 2 in Cultural Heritage and Venue Operations. He now works full-time at the Tower of London as a Team Leader. “I was based at the Tower of London for my apprenticeship, and the programme gave me valuable work experience and skills in customer service, storytelling, retail sales and planning and organising functions and events. Upon completing my apprenticeship I stayed on at the Tower of London, using the skills that I had acquired to help benefit the Warding Group. This involved training and mentoring my fellow colleagues and the new apprentices. In 2015 I was successful in my application for my current role of Jewel House Team Leader.”

“Where I am today all started with being an apprentice and getting my foot in the door, so I would recommend the apprenticeship to everyone looking for a great opportunity to develop and succeed.”

Jennifer Burtenshaw, 22 from Surrey completed an apprenticeship within the Gardens and Estates team from 2013-2015 and is now working as a Skilled Gardener at Hampton Court Palace.

“Working in any garden is a varied job; a typical day could consist of planting, seed sowing, weeding, harvesting, pruning or compost turning. I really enjoyed interacting with visitors - it's really satisfying to share techniques and advice with other keen growers who visit, or introduce people who are new to horticulture to the basics of food production.

“An apprenticeship in the tourism sector is a great way to learn different skills, and offers a wide range of opportunities for different interests. There's no better way to learn a job than to get stuck in and earn a formal qualification at the same time. Working alongside people who know and love the industry is priceless because you learn so much from them.”

For more information or images, please contact Pauline Stobbs at the Historic Royal Palaces Press Office: 020 3166 6340 or [email protected]

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit

Notes for editors

Michael Day, Chief Executive of Historic Royal Palaces, commented: “We look after some of the most important buildings in London’s history and it is vital for us to find talented and enthusiastic young people to continue the legacy. Our Apprenticeship Programme is already discovering rising stars in their fields from Visitor Services, Horticulture and IT. National Apprenticeship Week is a fantastic opportunity for us to thank our apprentices for their invaluable contribution and to highlight future opportunities to young people.”