Clara Willetts - The value of work-based training through the TraditionalBuilding Skills Bursary Scheme – notesThe Traditional Skills Bursary Scheme has been running in England and Wales since2006The project, led by a strong partnership of organisations deeply involved in heritagebuilding skills and the preservation of the historic environment.Generous funding of £1.4m from the HLF.Each partner will fund £100k each and in-kind expertise over the duration of theprojectTo increase diversity. 2% women working in trades in the built heritage sector. Noage limitLack of work-based training To provide flexible & innovative work-based trainingopportunitiesThe aim of the bursary schemes are to improve the quality of skills available to theheritage sector. Encourage craftspeople to gain a heritage qualificationWork based training • Learning on the job, to do the job • Adapting existing skills • Self awareness & self-reflection • NetworkingAll HLF funded projects encourage grantees to have an element of training as part ofthe project and grant.Working in Partnership • Cadw • The National Trust • Cathedrals • Historic Building Preservation Trusts • Private estates • Colleges & Independent training providersRecipe for work-based training for traditional building skills • 1 old building in need of tlc (doiesnt need to be listed!) • 1 altruistic client • 1 appropriate specification • 1 reputable contractor** must have experienced, skilled & willing craftspeople to supervisePlacement providers have been:Sole traders, small, medium & large companiesAlso need an enthusiastic trainee!
The Scheme: • Identify and liaise with placement providers to host work-based training placements • Recruit trainees of varying skill levels • Administration • Financial support for Trainee • Training Plans • Support and adviceAdded value to……The Trainee…The Trainer…The Building…The Contractor…The SectorOver 50% contractors go on to employ their trainee. A real boost for individualswishing to expand their business.Facts and Figures126 Trainees Recruited15% women, 3% ethnic minorities97% complete placement82% continue to work in the built heritage sector42% gain an NVQ in their building firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: 01442 890756www.buildingbursaries.org.uk