JOBS AT HIGHAM

We are a 7 day-a-week organisation, currently employing about 30 Staff.

In additon we have one or two Volunteers, both regular and occaisonal, who help us in the gardens, with decoration or driving for courses.

We take being a place of work seriously, and we value our staff, regardless of age. It is our pleasure to be a part of people’s lives, whatever their stage of life. We regard it as an honour to provide paid work for young people just starting on their professional journey, and, equally, to be a support to older adults for whom doing something worthwhile that makes a difference matters, and everyone in-between.

Working at Higham, in any capacity, we want you to feel like one of our little family. Thank you for taking an interest.

Current Positions Available

General Application forms are downloadable at the bottom of the page.


Hospitality Apprentice

We wish to expand our Dining Room service by offering a paid post to someone to also attain a Level 2 Hospitality Team Member Award.
We are looking for a person serious about developing their skills in professional hospitality. We will not discriminate on age. You will be sensible, conscientious, pleasant and willing to uphold the excellent customer service standards of our small but busy adult college.

In return, we offer a fair wage in a pleasant, safe and professional catering environment working alongside, and learning from, our experienced team. This post also includes funding for you to study for a nationally recognised qualification guided by Lakes College, which usually takes 12 months.

Duties in our Dining Room include serving our guests at meal and refreshment times with related support tasks. Our hospitality service also supports our Reception staff looking after our adult students who stay with us for a few days.
30 hours per week, includes weekends, shifts between 7am and 8pm with paid holiday etc.
A great opportunity for the right person to train or retrain working alongside and having support from a team of dedicated, hardworking staff in a pleasant and unique environment.

Higham remains committed to exceeding National Living Wage.

Hospitality is valued highly and is one of our key strengths at Higham, alongside excellent courses in a unique, friendly and homely environment. We are a 7-day-a-week residential college in a rural location between Cockermouth and Keswick catering for adult students from all the UK for short learning breaks.

Visits to see us are welcomed.       www.highamhall.com/jobs-at-higham
Contact: Amy Andrews     amy@highamhall.com     01768 776276
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH
An Educational Trust providing a creative hub for enrichment and development for adults of all ages.  Charity Number 1124959


Gardener

A heads-up that we will be searching for a new gardener for February 2024 to replace Neil, who will be retiring from his 4 days a week. We know it is early, but this job only tends to only come round once in a generation. We hope to start someone a little before then to overlap with Neil so he can show them the ropes.

The Higham garden and grounds are a very special six acres, serving the aesthetic needs of our residential college for adults, with mature areas and stunning views. We will be seeking someone who will continue with the vision that Neil has brought for the best part of the past two decades. Someone with a love for horticulture and the dedication to nurture our grounds in a realistic and thoughtful way.

The ideal person will be open to helping us encourage one or two volunteers to help out – mainly because of the value such activity offers to life. The assistance provided by just a couple of volunteers has made a huge difference to Higham in the past and we would hope to continue this.

So, the four day a week paid job is a special one for the right person, who will keep our grounds safe and tidy, looking as a garden should be (without being Chelsea!), because our gardens are an integral part of what Higham Hall College is, bringing respite, beuaty and inspiration to our Students and Tutors.

Visits are welcome, and talk to us if you wish to show interest in this post, which will be coming up in February 2024.


Volunteer Gardeners

Always wanted to join a very small team of volunteers helping our Head Gardener care for our modest 6 acres of grounds. The gardens are well-established and have paths, interesting trees and open spaces that are enjoyed by our adult Students and Tutors. It’s often worth it just for the open view of the Skiddaw fells we are so lucky to have.

Whether it be for just an hour occasionally or more frequently, there is always something to do throughout the year. Just make an appointment to come in and see Neil, our head gardener.
All volunteers are able to be fed & watered, and are treated as valuable members of the Higham Team as well!

Contact: Neil Armett (Head Gardener)  admin@highamhall.com  01768 776276
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH

An Educational Trust providing a creative hub for enrichment and development for adults of all ages.  Charity Number 1124959


Volunteer Drivers

We have two vehicles in use:

    • Fiat Panda 4×4 car (called ‘Noddy’) for transporting 3 adult students from/to mainline railway stations.
      This service enables people to use public transport to get to Higham. The run to Penrith takes 3o minutes each way, Carlisle just a little longer.
    • Ford Transit 13 passenger minibus (called ‘Finlay’) for taking educational groups of adult Student with Tutors on Field Trips

Typical destinations include Buttermere, Borrowdale, St Bees and Newlands Valley, Eden Valley, Hadrian’s Wall to name a few!
We do not often travel outside Cumbria.

Course groups are always Tutor led and can be anything including themes of Geology, History, Art, Gardens etc. on half or full days out. Sometimes drop-off, sometimes maybe enjoying what the group are doing.

Driving duties can include:

    • drop-off and pick-up for groups or individuals (to/from Penrith Station)
    • half days out with course groups and Tutors
    • full days out with course groups and Tutors (lunch provided)
    • multiple days out with course groups and Tutors (lunch provided)

Even being available once in a while can help.

Having volunteer drivers helps us enormously as it often relieves a Tutor or a member of staff from having to drive.

Requirements:

    • Full Driving Licence:
      – for minibus: if obtained before 1997, your licence qualifies you to drive our minibus, otherwise you need a separate Minibus Licence
      – for car: a regular licence is all that is required
    • doctor’s clearance (if required, for instance if over 70)
    • 25-75 yrs old
    • proven safe driver (no major offences on your licence)
    • Driver Awareness Training may be offered

All volunteers are able to be fed & watered, might get a chance to experience part of a course, and are treated as valuable members of the Higham Team!

Contact: George Cooke   george@highamhall.com  01768 776276
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH
An Educational Trust providing a creative hub for enrichment and development for adults of all ages.  Charity Number 1124959


Volunteer Handypeople

Helping us keep Higham up to a high standard. There is always something to do (we describe Higham with its 1828 listed main house as a “Forth Road Bridge”), and we can give you something worthwhile to spend your spare time on which really helps us. We are a ‘Not for Profit’ Charitable Trust and aim to accommodate our lifelong learners comfortably and safely.
All volunteers are able to be fed & watered, and are treated as valuable members of the Higham Team as well!

Contact: George Cooke  george@highamhall.com
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH

01768 776276

An Educational Trust providing a creative hub for enrichment and development for adults of all ages.  Charity Number 1124959

 


Download Application Form (DOC)
Download Application Form (PDF)

You can email the office, who will forward to the Principal from the Contact page