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.
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.
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.
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.