Full Application Form
The application form is in 2 parts
The first part is completed by you which consists of questions about your personal situation and history.
The second part needs to be completed by a professional which includes a Risk Assessment to go with your application.
Please ensure that you have read the following before you start your application
The Foundation’s Purpose:
We endeavour to train and educate 16-21 year olds who are in problematic situations.
Our main aims for the trainees:
- Offering life changing opportunities
- Gaining a second chance at success
- Providing work experience and training to enter trades and the wider employment market
Our requirements of the trainees:
Trainees are committed to learning their chosen trade, and are prepared to adapt to the work ethic and to observe basic standards of behaviour.
Regular attendance is essential, and if overall attendance levels are not maintained, this can lead to the ending of a trainee’s placement
- A standard work placement of 3 or up to 6 months during which trainees will have the opportunity to gain basic qualifications and relevant work experience.
- Help in finding a job or an apprenticeship placement near your home, or other suitable next step in life, at the conclusion of the placement
- Guidance and help in improving life skills as a part of the residential placement
- When all food, accommodation, transport and training costs are put together with the education bursary, a trainee is receiving benefits of a minimum of £300 per week
- The educational bursary is £100 per week paid directly to the trainee on Friday on the completion of a full week. As outlined above, all living costs while in residential accommodation at the Foundation will be covered by the Foundation, as will public transport costs to and from the Foundation each week
- At the completion of Level 1 & 2 a trainee may be awarded an end of level bonus in the form of an Amazon voucher of up to £300 and £500 respectively
- A range of certified and uncertified courses will be offered which are appropriate to your department including CSCS, basic first aid, manual handling, health and safety
- Around one hour per week is spent in department through the 6-month placement to practise driving theory and/or food hygiene and/or CSCS
- When they can be arranged (which is not possible due to Covid backlog at present), practical driving lessons will be made available through Level 2, which will be during the working day and paid for by the Foundation. (There is, however, no guarantee trainees will reach the standard or have the opportunity to take or pass the test while at the Foundation) Once in place, if a trainee cannot attend their lesson, it will be passed to the next trainee on the list
- The costs of courses or test entry such as CSCS, Driving Theory, Chainsaw, Sprayer, and any other work related course will be paid for by the Foundation. However, if the trainee misses the course or test, then the trainee will have to pay. This could mean completely losing the end of level bonus
- Each department has a set of skills, tasks and competencies to complete at each level
- A monthly review is carried out for each trainee in every department beginning one month from the trainee’s start date. A monthly review is also carried out relating to the residential placement
- During Level 1 & 2, a basic theory course is undertaken to enrich and educate as well as ascertain suitability for an extended work placement or our assistance in getting a trainee onto an apprenticeship scheme. This theory work is to be completed outside of work times ie. it is homework. It will be checked at each of the monthly reviews
- A completion of Level 1 review is carried out after 3 calendar months have been completed. At this point the trainee may be awarded a bonus, and/or the placement may be continued. Alternatively, the placement may be ended by either the trainee or the Foundation.
- The same process described in the four bullets above continues through the next three months to completion of Level 2 for those trainees who continue in departments with this offer.
During your stay at the Foundation we expect you to behave in a respectful and civilised way. This work experience placement is residential and so it is equally important that you have a good attitude and behaviour in the house as well as at work.
The following rules apply to every trainee whilst at Camelia Botnar Foundation and are put in place for your own health, safety, welfare and development. Breaking rules will lead to disciplinary measures and could result in instant dismissal: –
- No drugs on site. The possession or taking of drugs or other substances (except those prescribed by your own doctor) is prohibited. Random drug tests take place on a regular basis.
- No alcohol on site. You must NOT return to site intoxicated at any time.
- No offensive weapons of any kind are allowed on site.
- No criminal activities of any kind either on or off the Foundation will be tolerated.
- No abuse, bullying or discrimination of any form will be tolerated under any circumstances. Be aware of “banter” going too far.
- No Smoking in any of the accommodation buildings, bedrooms, Main House, Coach House or Cottages this includes Vapes and e-cigarettes. This will result in instant dismissal.
- Smoking is ONLY allowed in the outside allocated smoking areas.
- Vandalism and damage will be charged.
- No work boots to be worn in the Main House or Coach House. The boot room in the Main House basement is available for storing and changing this footwear.
- No selling, gambling, lending or borrowing of money or goods or personal items.
- No visitors or trainees from other accommodations allowed in your bedroom; inside or near to Coach House/Cottages. Trainees in Main house must not enter other accommodation corridors.
- No tools allowed in bedrooms including penknives – do not bring work tools back from work.
- Main House leisure facilities are available for everyone to use.
- You are expected to shower and change before dinner in the evenings.
- After 4 full weeks of attendance, and with permission from the House Staff, you may go off site to visit with family or support workers in the evenings between 5.15 – 10.30pm. You must not return intoxicated.
- If you go for a walk or leave the site for any urgent appointments, visits etc. you MUST ask/inform the House Staff when you leave and when you return in person for Fire Safety.
- Onsite trainee (romantic/sexual) relationships are prohibited.
- Last cigarette is at 10.15pm; in bedrooms/Coach House Lounge at 10.30pm; settled in your own room alone by 11pm. Noise from technology, TVs, gaming, music and phone calls must be kept to a low level so that others can sleep.
- After 4 full weeks of attendance and at the discretion of the House Manager you may stay occasional weekends, and you may bring in TVs (max size 32”) and other belongings at your own risk. The Foundation is not liable for any personal items. You may apply to start driving lessons when you reach Level 3. Motorbikes, mopeds or electric scooters are not permitted on site under any circumstances.
- All trainees must return to CBF before 10:30pm on Sunday evenings. (Unless Monday has already been booked off for annual leave or by another appropriate measure.) It is your responsibility to check/arrange transport for returning to work on Sunday. Problems like planned public transport closures are the trainee’s responsibility to overcome. In exceptional circumstances it may be impossible for you to return on Sunday. If this is the case you must contact the house staff by telephone as early as possible. (If you have a problem ie no credit on mobile, free wifi is commonly available at garages, cafes, McDonalds etc. or make a WhatsApp call.) It is your responsibility to find a way to make contact. Depending on the circumstances, it may or may not be agreed for you to return on Monday morning in time to start work at 8:45am. This is at the discretion of the CBF house staff. If it is agreed that you can return to start work on Monday morning, it is your responsibility to arrive and any lateness will be treated as per the standard disciplinary procedure. However, if no contact is made, you are not permitted to turn up Monday morning and must make contact with CBF at the earliest opportunity; at which time the situation and potential sanctions will be considered.
We expect you to be polite & avoid using bad language. You will be encouraged to have a good attitude, habits, morals and manners. This will involve helping to keep the house clean, tidy & not damaging property. You are responsible for your own bedroom which must be kept clean and tidy. There will be regular room checks and random inspections.
- If you are discovered to be selling or distributing illegal drugs on site this will be considered gross misconduct and you will face instant dismissal and may be reported to the police.
- If you are discovered to have used or distributed urine samples, or to be using or distributing any other means of attempting to cheat a drugs test, you will face instant dismissal.
- Drugs means both illegal drugs and ‘legal highs’.
- Drugs and alcohol misuse are Health & Safety issues and are not permitted on site whatsoever. Anyone discovered possessing, using, or under the influence of drugs/alcohol on site will not be allowed to work and be subject to disciplinary measures such as:
• Possession of alcohol will result in a full week suspension i.e. from the day of suspension up and until the conclusion of the following full week.
• Under the influence of alcohol may result in further disciplinary measures depending on the circumstances.
• Possession, under the influence, or failing a drugs test will result in a one month suspension or a suspension until such time as you can return and pass a drugs test.
- You will undergo a drug test on arrival on your first day at The Camelia Botnar Foundation.
- By joining the Camelia Botnar Foundation as a trainee you are giving permission to be randomly drug tested/and or alcohol tested by any means, at any time while training at the Camelia Botnar Foundation.
- The Foundation acts as a training centre for Sussex & Surrey Police dogs. On occasion, the dogs and their handlers may, without warning or notice, enter accommodation and workshops to screen for illegal substances.
- If there is a suspicion that you are using drugs, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol on site this will be investigated and a search of your room and property may be carried out as per the Foundation’s Contract on Right to Search and you may also be tested for drugs or alcohol.
- Drug and alcohol dependency is considered a health issue and where possible management at The Foundation will try to help and signpost trainees with these problems toward education, healthier lifestyle choices and counselling.
- For those coming to The Foundation who have acknowledged they have a drug or alcohol problem, we will support you in your attempts to stay clean and, if possible, set up a buddy programme for you with an experienced trainee who has managed to stay clean. Our aim is to help you build a new life and we will endeavour to help you through difficult lifestyle changes, and to be approachable and understanding. However, using these substances on site at the Foundation will not be tolerated.
- Because The Foundation is a residential workplace, while on site these rules apply whether during or outside typical working hours.
- Prescription drugs:
a. If your doctor has prescribed you medical treatment in the form of any type of medicine you must:
i. Ensure you are aware of the side effects of the prescription. ii. Ensure the prescription is safe to take whilst operating in your normal working capacity
iii. Advise your line manager or a member of the management team immediately upon receiving your prescription, indicating what the prescription is, what it is for and what any potential side effects are.
Help and support
The Foundation will endeavour to ensure that advice and help are made available to any trainee who feels they have a problem with alcohol or drug misuse. In the first instance, individuals will be encouraged to seek help from their General Practitioner.
Under these circumstances and with the trainee’s consent, a referral will be made to the Occupational Health service. It may occasionally be necessary to request that the employee refrains from work temporarily, or undertakes restricted duties to ensure their own safety and that of others. The Foundation may also allow additional time off (normally unpaid) for employees to obtain treatment or attend support groups.
Any trainee who seeks the assistance of The Foundation in finding treatment for a drugs or alcohol problem has the Foundation’s complete assurance of confidentiality.
Some useful links to websites are provided below:
Trainees who successfully complete Level 1 will receive an end of Level 1 Bonus a £300 Amazon Voucher bonus. (no cash alternative)
Trainees who successfully complete Level 2 will receive an end of Level 2 bonus a £500 Amazon Voucher bonus. (no cash alternative)
Disciplinary deductions will apply to the above end of level bonuses as follows:
Lost keys – £10 a duplicate key. Refunded if found and returned.
Late for work – £5 for a late start (before 10am).
£10 for a late start (after 10am).
1st offence: verbal warning
(please note next time will be written warning and a £50 deduction from your end of Level bonus)
2nd offence: written warning
(£50 deduction from end of Level bonus will apply)
3rd offence: 1 week’s unpaid suspension
(£100 deduction from end of Level bonus will apply, this will therefore extend your current Level placement a further week before a review)
Bursary payments are made on a Friday afternoon, subject to your attendance that day.
No payments can be made if you only attend for part of the week (ie leaving mid week).
One week unpaid break may be allowed after completing Level 1 and prior to starting Level 2 if necessary.
Disciplinaries issued by House Managers may incur an activity ban penalty as well:
- Verbal = 1 week ban
- Written = 2 week ban
- Suspension = 3 week ban (on return)
For very serious offences you will face an immediate suspension of one month, or termination of your
placement depending on the offence. These are things such as (but not limited to) having drugs on
site or failing a drugs test, alcohol on site, bullying or other forms of misconduct or serious
Your application is to be completed by you but you can ask for help from parents, carers or guardians.
Once completed the application form will be reviewed by the Foundation and we will be in contact is due course.
Risk Assessment Application
This application is to be completed by a professional such as your social worker.
Once completed the application form will be reviewed by the Foundation and we will be in contact is due course.