The Camelia Botnar Foundation provides residential training and work experience, helping young people to learn a skilled trade, embark on a useful career path and successfully make their own way in life.
The Foundation invites applications from anywhere in the UK. Potential trainees can be either male or female, but must be aged between 16 and 19 and have left full time schooling. Applicants should be in a disadvantaged or problematic situation. They may be referred to the Foundation by their probation officers, social services, schools, organisations that help young people in difficulty, or by direct approach from relatives, guardians or the applicants themselves. Whatever the referral, each application must be voluntary.
No previous experience in a particular craft or skill is needed and no academic requirements are imposed.
The Foundation welcomes applications from anyone who meets the basic entry criteria and who have a real and positive commitment to learning a skilled trade and to changing the pattern of their life for the better and for good.
We endeavor to train and educate 16-21 year olds who are in problematic situations at home due to circumstances outside of their control. They are enabled to improve conditions in their lives and to develop as individuals.
No educational qualifications are necessary and previous difficulties at school, at home, or with the authorities will not necessarily prejudice an admission. Each applicant is considered on his or her own merit.