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Posted on: 10/01/18

Professional Training in Heritage Building Skills

There are an estimated 5.5 million traditional buildings in England that require specific skills and expertise.

Liz Milner, Discovery and Learning Project Officer at the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership, said: “Working with older and historic buildings requires a particular set of skills. This is a hands-on course that offers contractors and craftspeople expert training and an accredited qualification. It means builders can register as a supplier for work on English Heritage Trust sites and properties, as well as help homeowners maintain their own buildings, while safeguarding heritage and character.”

Completion of the diploma gives access to the Heritage Construction Skills Certification Scheme card, a required standard for anyone wishing to contract with owners of historic properties.

The NVQ Level 3 course will be led by John Munro from Traditional Building Skills Co. and National Heritage Training Group, and Colin Richards from CJR Heritage Services Ltd and the UK Institute for Historic Building Conservation.

The six-day course consisting of lectures and practical workshops takes place on Fridays and Saturdays between 27 January and 31 March. It will cover managing conservation projects, repair and maintenance of traditional buildings, legislation and guidance, safe working practice and effective use of traditional materials.

Subsidised by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Skills for Trade course costs just £150 for residents and businesses living or working in the Nidderdale AONB. Costs for those attending outside of Nidderdale is £985.

Places are limited. To book, Contact: 01423 712950, email uppernidderdale@harrogate.gov.uk or visit uppernidderdale.org.uk to find out more.

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