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Heritage Skills at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

A heritage skills programme, supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, is being delivered during the construction works.

Work placements, site tours and training events are targeted at students and trainees and those already working in construction, such as contractors, craftspeople and other professionals, using the site itself as a tool for learning.

See below for upcoming opportunities

Two men in hard hats and high viz jackets repairing roof under scaffolding
Prince’s Foundation trainees learn new skills on the roof of the Main Mill © Historic England Archive, Steven Baker

Hard hat tours will offer groups with connections to heritage, construction and local interests, behind the scenes access to see at close hand the complex repairs that are taking place to the roof, brickwork and window openings.

The focus will be on offering opportunities to a diverse range of people particularly those underrepresented in construction careers, including young people and women.

Working on listed buildings, and the estimated 5.5 million traditional (pre-1919) buildings in England, requires particular skills and training.

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What's been happening?

With help from our wide range of partners the programme is delivering benefits for people reaching local, national and international learners. The partners involved include the building contractor Croft Building and Conservation Ltd, the companies in the professional team and Shropshire Council.

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  • University of Wolverhampton Building Surveying students visited for a talk from project manager Nick Hill on the complex structural repairs to the Main Mill and a hard hat tour of the site.
  • Students from Shrewsbury Colleges Group gained hands-on experience of traditional construction methods. The Northcot Brick team of specialist traditional brick makers passed on their expert knowledge to Level 1 and 2 Brickwork students from the college, demonstrating traditional hand-throwing methods and letting the students have a go at making their own brick.
  • Women in Roofing behind the scenes with contractors Croft Building Conservation to see the work in progress on the Mill’s unusual roof
  • Shropshire Textile and Creative Stitch group get inspiration from the Main Mill’s interior.
  • A trainee working with contractors Croft Building Conservation undertakes complex repairs to the brick work in the window reveals
  • Roofers undertaking a 2 day course, the Level 3 Award in Understanding Repair and Maintenance of Traditional pre-1919 buildings, took the opportunity to have a tour of works in progress on site.
  • Jake, a construction A Level student at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings
  • Historic England Placement students from the West Midlands office, visited Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings history and significance of the site.

Recent highlights

Supporting the attainment of qualifications

  • Prince's Foundation Building Craft Programme trainees gaining their Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Heritage Skills. Find out what trainees had to say about their time on site.
  • 100% achievement for the roofers on the Level 3 Award Understanding Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Buildings
  • Architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios hosting a Part 2 Architecture student
  • Gleeds trainees gaining work based experience on the project that contributes their learning for their BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Attracting groups usually underrepresented in construction

  • Behind the scenes tour of the roof works in progress for Women in Roofing and Historic England BAME Placement students

Work based experience for young learners

  • Work experience placement from West Midlands University Technical College
  • Work experience in Level 1 bricklaying as part of Shrewsbury College’s Group T level pilot scheme

Promoting understanding of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

  • Bespoke group visits and training events for University of Leicester, University of Wolverhampton, University of Birmingham’s Ironbridge Institute and Birmingham City University, and a hands-on session in traditional brick making for Shrewsbury College’s Group students.

Upcoming opportunities

There are no CPD, training and placement opportunities at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings advertised currently. Check back soon for details when they become available.

Trainee wearing hard hat, safety glasses and ear defenders cutting a piece of wood
Prince’s Foundation trainee Tom working at the site © Historic England Archive, Steven Baker
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Juliet Baillie

Construction Training Coordinator - Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

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