an image of Prince's Foundation trainee Miriam Johnson, learning traditional methods of thatching, as part of her bursary placement on the Building Craft Programme

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Prince's Foundation trainee Miriam Johnson learning traditional methods of thatching as part of her bursary placement on the Building Craft Programme, © Princes Foundation

Traditional Building Skills Bursaries

Here you will find information on a range of schemes that provide training to develop your understanding and gain practical skills to work on traditional (pre-1919) and historic buildings.

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Beyond bursaries, a wide range of training courses and qualifications are available from short courses to specialist applied skills programmes. Find out more on our Traditional Building Skills page.

You can also visit the GoConstruct website to learn more about construction apprenticeships.

We are supporting and recruiting heritage apprenticeships at Historic England, see the Heritage Apprenticeships and Historic England Apprenticeship pages to find out more.

A TBSBS trainee working on stonemasonry at Gloucester Cathedral
Stonemasonry trainee © Traditional Building Skills Bursary Scheme

William Morris Craft Fellowship

The Fellowship programme is run by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and supported by Historic England. Each year the Fellows spend six months travelling the length of the country together, visiting sites and working with craftspeople, contractors and professionals. It is designed to broaden the skills and experience of craftspeople, from any trade, who want to develop their career in the repairing of historic buildings.

Read the Scholars' and Fellows' blog' and find out more about the fellowship and how to apply on the SPAB website.

Canal and Rivers Trust

Waterway Heritage Trainees are recruited across both Wales and England. Trainees gain practical skills working alongside the Canal and Rivers Trust construction teams. In the classroom, trainees gain an NVQ Level 2 in Waterway Heritage Skills along with a knowledge based qualification of the history and construction of canals and waterways.

Prince's Foundation

The Building Craft Programme gives practical experience in traditional building skills and an opportunity to gain a Heritage Skills NVQ Level 3. This course is designed for craftspeople looking to bridge the gap between basic construction qualifications and becoming a master craftsperson working within the heritage sector. It is supported by Historic England.

Learning stonemasonry skills on the PRINCES FOUNDATION Building Craft Programme
Learning stonemasonry skills on the Princes Foundation Building Craft Programme © Princes Foundation
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