UK - Eastbourne

History of Langney prior 

Set in secluded grounds, almost untouched by time, surrounded by Langney village is the stunning and historic Langney Priory.Dating back to the 11th Century, Langney Priory is the oldest building in Eastbourne, but over recent years this proud building and its mysterious grounds have fallen from grace, desperately needing restoration and a new purpose for the 21st century.

Historic Langney Priory Ltd in partnership an Eco Chateau project are going to sympathetically transform the building and grounds into a high-end Training Hotel/B&B offering transnational work placements, conferencing, small festivals and a wide range of stimulating historic, rural and ecological training experiences.

Eco Chateau Business and Training CIC is part of a well-developed transnational partnership network that is supported by the EU, National Governments and Regional Authorities. The team at Historic Langney Priory will be using all of their experience in business, social work, construction and teaching to co-ordinate, partners, volunteers and the wider community in the day to day delivery of the enterprise. It is envisaged that the project will enable a range of micro businesses to be established and developed, in turn creating a platform for the provision of training and employment opportunities that operate in a planned, synchronised way.

Ecologically, the project will incorporate the best available technologies for energy generation and conservation to create a minimal carbon footprint whilst re-discovering the many ecological secrets waiting in the vast grounds.

The project

Eco Chateau Training CIC has been awarded funding from the Erasmus programme to deliver work placements in France for students, apprentices and traineeships.

This exciting new project is targeted at participants with fewer opportunities and additional needs providing work placements coupled with vocational qualifications in construction, horticulture and catering, chosen by employers and colleges due these skills being in high demand. Participants facing barriers and requiring additional support in order to succeed and improve their future career and learning prospects, will have the opportunity to build their confidence and broaden their horizons.

Our aims

We aim to boost employability and mobility in the EU labour market through practical work experience, raising participants’ awareness and understanding of other cultures, countries and language to broaden their life perspectives and increase self-esteem, confidence, motivation and social skills.

Learners outcome

Our strengths-based approach focuses on the positive skills and attributes of learners, our expectation is that participants will have increased opportunities to succeed in achieving their qualifications and progressing in education and employment.

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