Together with Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and Buncombe County Schools, Biltmore is "educating a generation of employees" (EdGE) in our public school systems with job skills training and career development programming. Students receive classroom instruction at the 9th and 10th grade level in interview skills, resume writing, business etiquette and protocols, and making a great first impression. Having been well prepared by a series of speakers and special guests, students visit Biltmore to learn first-hand about the wide variety of career opportunities that they have been introduced to in the classroom. As a follow up to the site visit, participants are invited in smaller groups to observe and assist Biltmore staff at different work locations across the estate.
Job shadowing, internships and apprenticeships are the next step for participants heading into 11th and 12th grade. These students have the chance to interview for a range of different learning experiences on the estate from culinary and horticulture to merchandising and hotel management opportunities and more. Students completing the Biltmore® EdGE program as seniors not only leave high school with a diploma and solid work experience, they also venture forth with confidence in themselves and tools and resources that will serve them well in life and in their future career endeavors
The summer “camp” was designed to provide students with a way to apply what they have learned about essential workplace skills through the classroom instruction Biltmore provided throughout the school year. Students are also able to gain “real world” work experience through intensive job shadowing across the estate.
This year there were 6 returning students invited back for advanced job shadowing in an area of their choosing – several of these students are featured in the clip – plus 15 first year students. All students went through a competitive selection process in order to be eligible to participate.