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Excellent opportunity for local trades’ people to gain certificate in traditional building skills

Friday April 22nd, 2016 | Stephanie

Working with the National Heritage Training Group, we have developed an exciting 6-day certificated course in understanding repair and maintenance of pre 1919 traditional buildings.

Within the Scheme area, the majority of buildings are made from traditional materials using traditional methods and skills. Their careful repair and conservation is vital to the rich heritage of the area.

Scheme manager Joy Howells explains “To care for and conserve these buildings it is important those working on them have an appreciation of how they were constructed and an understanding of how they should be best looked after.”

Joy continued “The course is aimed at local builders and contractors, architects and engineers, and crafts people who work on traditional buildings. The 6 days will include a mix of classroom theory and on-site practical training. At the end of the course attendees will obtain their Level 3 award, understanding repair & maintenance of pre-1919 traditional buildings. This is accredited by CSkills and endorsed by the National Heritage Training Group.”

The course will cover topics such as:lime mortar at Snailbeach
• Understand how to repair & maintain traditional buildings
• Understand relevant legislation & guidance
• Traditional materials and methods
• Maintaining safe working practices

This course is delivered by industry experts and counts towards a full Heritage NVQ Level 3 diploma. The diploma enables you to access the Heritage CSCS card. This is increasingly asked for by heritage agencies and other organisations as proof of competency to work on heritage buildings.

The Scheme is able to subsidise the course at £150 for residents/businesses with connections or living in the Stiperstones and Corndon Scheme area or in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Otherwise full fee payment of £985 is required.

The course dates are as follows: 13th & 14th May, 17th & 18th June and 15th & 16th July 2016. The course will be based at The Eco-building, The Community College, Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5AY for theory sessions and visits to heritage building sites for hands on practical sessions.

Funding for the course has come from the Heritage Lottery and the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Fund.

Places are limited and will be booked on a first come first served basis, so early booking is essential. Contact Jen Jones on 01938 561741 or email: Jen.Jones@shropshire.gov.uk. Jen will also be able to advise on funding eligibility.


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