Location: Park House Barns, Pottergate, Gilling East,
North Yorkshire YO62 4JA

Phone Number: +44 1439 788011
Email: info@parkhousebarns.co.uk
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm            

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Park House Barns, nestled in the tranquil landscapes of North Yorkshire, serves as a training and placement hub for young adults, focusing on chocolate crafting and horticulture.

Our aim is to support individuals in building their careers, acquiring skills, qualifications, and fostering independent living abilities within a nurturing environment.

The enterprise is designed to cater to a diverse range of abilities, offering various roles such as chocolate crafting, decorating, packaging, horticulture work in our outdoor center, as well as opportunities in administration and customer service.

For those undecided about their career paths, our programmes provide a valuable exploration of different fields, accompanied by the chance to pursue qualifications and develop new skills.

Our primary goal is to facilitate employment opportunities for trainees, whether within our enterprise or the wider local business community. Each individual follows a personalised pathway, tailored to their aspirations, which includes working towards their desired qualifications

The enterprise has been designed to offer a variety of roles for different levels of ability, from crafting, decorating and packaging chocolate, working outdoors in our horticulture centre to administration and customer service. 

For anyone that is unsure of what they want to do, this offers a valuable taster into different areas of work, with the chance to work to qualifications and learn new skills.

Placements include:

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Customer Service

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Food safety and hygiene

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Practical chocolate making skills

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Packing and shipping

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Propogation, planting and harvesting

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The safe use of tools

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Preparing produce for sales

Meet Oliver!

Oliver graduated with a degree in creative writing and performance acting from York College. After difficulty finding paid work, his mum suggested he volunteered at Park House Barns. Within the same year Oliver was offered a role as Assistant Horticulturalist. Since 2016 Oliver has been developing his skills and increasing in confidence, and is now enjoying his promotion as Lead Horticulturalist.

'I enjoy watching the crops in the field grow, and the sense of achievement when all the products sown start to grow.'

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"I just wanted to say we had 2 of your chocolates after our lunch last weekend at the North Yorks Moors Railway. They were lovely and I will be looking on your website to order some for Christmas!"

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