Heritage skills and training

We invest in traditional craft skills training because it is essential for the future of heritage conservation.

Over the years we have developed strong working partnerships with expert heritage contractors and conservators, those whose workforce are knowledgeable and skilled to repair our wonderful collection. For a number of years we have been conscious that this workforce is aging and few younger experienced men and women are following in their footsteps.

We now organise our own 'continuing professional development' days, run in partnership with our excellent heritage contractors, as part of every major conservation project. From time-to-time we conduct technical days for primary schools, universities and homeowners as well as occasional bursary placements in traditional building skills. Some of our bursary-placements have since transformed into full time apprenticeships in masonry, carpentry and glazing.

We are committed to investing now in the skills we will need to keep our churches well looked after long into the future, decade after decade.

We like to work closely with other organisations to keep the heritage sector strong. Partner organisations are offering the following training opportunities:

- Churches Conservation is a grant-giving foundation to support the conservation of English churches and chapels. Each year they give out small travel grants early career craftspeople and students. Applications are open during the month of April.

Find out more churchesconservation.org

- The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings organises a range of conservation courses, a Summer School and Fellowship.

Find out more spab.org.uk/education-training/