New apprenticeship opportunities on the Canny Space Project

Three local people will get the chance to learn traditional crafts such as stone masonry and wood carving and use those skills in the big new restoration project at Holy Trinity church in Sunderland.  

This £4.2 million project will convert the Grade I listed building into a beacon of cultural renaissance within the newly announced Heritage Action Zone in the city.  It will include performance and meeting space and will provide employment, training and a boost to the local economy.   The three apprenticeships have been funded by a £129,000 grant from the Allchurches Trust and will be advertised in 2018.

Crispin Truman OBE, Chief Executive of the Churches Conservation Trust, said: “We are delighted that Allchurches Trust is funding these craft skills apprenticeships for Canny Space. The aim of the project is to contribute to the regeneration of Sunderland’s city centre. Providing employment and training for local people is a vital part of that process.”