Heritage Skills at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings
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.
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.
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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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.
Shropshire Council Historic Environment Team Placement, September 2018
About the placement
You will get behind the scenes of Shropshire Council's Historic Environment team, as well as having the opportunity to get an overview of the activities of other teams they work with - which could include Economic Growth, Planning Services and Shropshire Archives.
You will undertake a project that uses the resources linked to the heritage of the Flaxmill and this area of Shrewsbury. This will be tailored to the candidate, but will include detailed analysis and assessment of a wide range of information, and preparing reports in line with best practice conservation and heritage management guidance.
The placement is funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation as part of a heritage skills project for Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings.
The placement will be full-time (37 hours per week) for 2 weeks between 3 and 28 September. A training bursary of £300 per week will be paid to the successful candidate.
How to apply
The closing date for applications has been extended to Monday 23 July. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 31 July.
Construction Training Coordinator - Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings
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Students gain hands-on experience of traditional construction methods using 18th-century Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings as a site for hands-on learning.