Training & Internships

The Trust offers a range of ways you can develop your career.

Bute internships

In 1993, after the death of Lord Bute, a previous Chairman of the Trust, a memorial fund was set up in his name with the express purpose of offering internship experience to postgraduate students in collections conservation. After hosting a successful Heritage Lottery Fund-supported preventive conservation internship in 2008 and 2009, the Trust has continued to fund 12-month preventive conservation internships through the Bute Memorial Fund.

The 12-month preventive conservation internship is aimed at postgraduate student conservators, and is hosted by the Trust within the Collections Conservation Service in partnership with the Institute of Conservation, the UK’s professional body for conservation professionals. The internship is supervised by an accredited conservator in the Trust. Find out what the Institute of Conservation Internship Programme offers on their website.

Garden apprenticeships

Our Garden Apprenticeship programme pilot has had three intakes, starting in September 2018, placing young trainees in gardens across Scotland. An apprenticeship with us is a great way to get into a career as a professional gardener, as it combines training in a heritage garden with a salary.

We are taking a break for 2022 so won’t be recruiting this year, but keep an eye on this page or our vacancies page for future announcements.

The School of Heritage Gardening

The Trust’s School of Heritage Gardening has been training generations of gardeners since 1960. Students learn the art, craft and science of horticulture – from pruning, grafting and glasshouse cultivation, to plant identification and the use of gardening machinery and tools.

At Threave Garden, in Dumfries & Galloway, our trainees learn how to be professional gardeners and can acquire nationally recognised qualifications in the process. They learn how to manage different types of gardens, ranging in style and using varied plant content.

School of Heritage Gardening

In the Trust

We offer a range of training opportunities for current Trust employees and volunteers, including online training in a range of topics, face-to-face training sessions and management development programmes tailored to early career managers, middle management and senior leaders.