The Chester House Estate and Creating Tomorrow Trust commit to new 5-year partnership

Culture and tourism

31 January 2024

Chester House Estate

Following a successful two years, the Creating Tomorrow Trust have agreed a new five-year lease on a classroom space at the Chester House Estate.

The partnership between the Estate and Creating Tomorrow College, alongside the Creating Tomorrow Trust, has been in place since the site opened to the public in October 2021.

In this unique collaboration, students with special educational needs work alongside Estate staff and volunteers on all aspects of the site.

As part of the growing partnership, students are granted invaluable opportunities for hands-on learning within the setting of Chester House, where they actively engage in roles that span customer service, education delivery, archaeology, events delivery, food preparation, and retail management. This immersive learning experience not only enriches their academic knowledge but also equips them with practical skills that are essential for future employment. 

There is also a strong focus on mentorship with the Estate team playing a pivotal role in guiding and nurturing students, providing knowledge and practical training in their specialised areas.

It is great news that we have extended our partnership for another five years. 

This decision highlights the progress and work that has been achieved on both sides. The students who work and learn alongside our Estate team are an enormous asset and in return we, look to provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in their chosen career.

As we continue this journey, we look forward to growing and innovating together, making an impact on student’s lives.
Cllr Helen Howell, the council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Sport, Leisure, Culture and Tourism
We are really excited to have extended our partnership with the Chester House Estate.

Both organisations have not only had a positive impact on each other over the first two years, but also the local community and most importantly our students.

The picture for young adults with learning barriers is very bleak when it comes to gaining employment, so we are looking forward to seeing what else we can achieve together in the next five years to support our students into the world of work.
Gareth Ivett, Principal of Creating Tomorrow College

A video about the partnership is also available on YouTube.