Heritage construction project launches
A project which aims to strengthen the heritage sector in Wales will be launched at the Royal Welsh Show on Tuesday, July 24.
Heritage Construction in Wales, supported by Carmarthenshire County Council, will be delivering a series of training, education and networking activities.
The pan–Wales project is funded by CITB and Cadw and is supported by a partnership of five organisations with a strong interest in supporting the development of the Welsh Heritage Construction Industry in Wales. These are three construction companies: Andrew Scott Ltd; Tree and Sons Ltd and Just Lime Ltd; the Welsh Traditional Buildings Forum and Carmarthenshire County Council.
The project will run over four years and will meet some of the core objectives in the Strategic Partnership Skills Partnership Agreement between Cadw, CITB, Historic Environment Scotland and Historic England.
The scheme will support heritage contractors to qualify their workforce through the Onsite Assessment and Training route. Experienced craftsmen and women will be assessed for their NVQ Level 3 in Heritage Stonemasonry, Plastering and Wood Occupations whilst they are working on site.
It is planned that on-line learning resources relating to theoretical heritage construction knowledge will be developed as well as a series of short accredited courses in Repair and Maintenance and Energy Efficiency in traditional buildings.
Employers will also be encouraged through the scheme to attract new staff by setting out entry routes within the heritage construction sector.
Cllr Mair Stephens, executive board member responsible for training, said: “This is an innovative project which we are delighted to support. This is an excellent opportunity for craftsmen and women in the county and for employers to up-skill their workforce.”