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Cotac study

New from Cotac is The Need to Appreciate the Built Heritage series of six units compiled by Barry J Bridgwood and Ingval Maxwell.

16 July 2021 | Training
The Council on Training in Architectural Conservation (COTAC) has been busy during the Covid restrictions producing free downloadable on-line COTAC learning and study material. And there are more in...
Industry Placement card for trainees

The new CSCS Industry Placement card for trainees.

14 July 2021 | Training
An increased focus on vocational education, including the introduction of the Traineeship Skills Development Programme and T Level qualifications,  involve on-the-job experience as well as...
Mark Priestman

Mark Priestman is a Partner at Priestman Associates LLP, a leading façade preservation project consultancy, from stonemasonry and heritage skills through to site supervision and conservation management. The partnership is trusted by the leading brands of the sector as an NVQ provider for experienced, upskiller and apprentice workers. Tel. 07876 687212. [email protected].

6 July 2021 | Training
Mark Priestman is a Director of a training consultancy whose mantra is: Qualify the Workforce! Here he discusses how managers can contribute more if they are given a MOTOR as well as a RAFT.Director...
Frances Cambrook

CWF Executive Director Frances Cambrook says: “We are delighted that the Hamish Ogston Foundation has recognised the value of the training we provide for craftspeople in cathedrals, and the importance of ensuring its continuation as cathedrals start to recover from the effects of the pandemic."

5 July 2021 | Training
Both Historic England and the Cathedral’s Workshop Fellowship have received funding for their training in traditional building skills from the Hamish Ogston Foundation (HOF), established by...
Michelle Turner

Michelle Turner, chair of the NSITG, who has led the Trailblazer team: "We are delighted to announce that the Stonemasonry Trailblazer Apprenticeship is now ready for delivery."

1 July 2021 | Training
Minister for Apprenticeships Gillian Keegan has finally signed off the funding for a stonemasonry Trailblazer apprenticeship, the final step in giving stone its own apprenticeship. The...
Student Charlie Revill

Charlie Revill, an apprentice with Forest of Dean Stone Firms (FoD), completed his level three apprenticeship at Bath College in September. He says last year was difficult but that “I learnt more than I expected to”. Kirk Imm, his manager at FoD, says: “He’s an exceptional student. He’s always had a ‘thing’ for stone.”

17 June 2021 | Training
The government is trying to raise the status of vocational training. Now, it says, it’s up to firms to play their part. Until the end of September the government is offering cash...
Mark Priestman

Mark Priestman is a Partner at Priestman Associates LLP, a leading façade preservation project consultancy, from stonemasonry and heritage skills through to site supervision and conservation management. The partnership is trusted by the leading brands of the sector as an NVQ provider for experienced, upskiller and apprentice workers. 07876 687212. [email protected]

16 May 2021 | Training
When enrolling new learners, one of the first questions I pose to their employer is: Are you CITB registered?At this point I either get a “Yes!” followed by a gleeful rundown of how much...
Mark Priestman

Mark Priestman is a Partner at Priestman Associates LLP, a leading façade preservation project consultancy, from stonemasonry and heritage skills through to site supervision and conservation management. The partnership is trusted by the leading brands of the sector as an NVQ provider for experienced, upskiller and apprentice workers. 07876 687212. [email protected]

10 April 2021 | Training
Mark Priestman is a Director of a training consultancy whose mantra is: Qualify the Workforce!The chancellor had some promising news regarding training in his Budget this year. While some details are...
West Dean merger with KLC

West Deal College of Arts & Conservation and KLC School of Design are merging in time for the new academic year in September.

24 March 2021 | Training
West Dean College of Arts & Conservation, a highly regarded seat of learning in conservation and arts, is joining forces with KLC School of Design, which focuses on interior and garden design.The...
Angelica Zambelis

Angelica Zambelis will get you up to speed with Easystone and Taglio.

19 March 2021 | Training
Machinery supplier offers CAD training specific to the industry to unlock the potential of your CNC saws.The coronavirus might have marked a step-change in digital connectivity, but it has also...
Working

CITB says 320,000 more skilled people will be needed in construction to hit government's 'net zero' targets.

16 March 2021 | Training
The construction industry will have to recruit and train an extra 320,000 people if it is to hit the target set by the government of a 68% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 and be carbon neutral by...
Mark Priestman

Mark Priestman is a Partner at Priestman Associates LLP, a leading façade preservation project consultancy. From stonemasonry and heritage skills through to site supervision and conservation management. The partnership is trusted by the leading brands of the sector as an NVQ provider for experienced, upskiller and apprentice workers. 07876 687212. [email protected]

15 March 2021 | Training
Mark Priestman plays an active role in the development and delivery of training in the stone sector. Along with his father, David Priestman, he runs a training consultancy whose mantra is: Qualify...
WINS launched

At an NSITG meeting before the lockdown last year are (left to right) Training Officer Claire Wallbridge, NSITG Chair Michelle Turner, National Trust Head of Skills & Crafts Miriam Venner, and Stone Federation Chief Executive Jane Buxey.

8 March 2021 | Training
The Natural Stone Industry Training Group in conjunction with Stone Federation Great Britain has launched a new initiative to highlight the roles and training needs of women in the stone sector. The...
Resin-bound training

Want to lay resin-bound drives to BBA standards? Take this free course offered by Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates.

26 February 2021 | Training
Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates, the manufacturer of Daltex, has launched a free online resin-bound training course to help installers lay these driveways to BBA accredited standards.Resin-bound is...
Amazing Apprenticeships

National Apprenticeship Week kicks off with a celebrity Masterclass given by George Anderson on Monday 8 February.

4 February 2021 | Training
Next week is National Apprenticeship Week and the Natural Stone Industry Training Group (NSITG) will be highlighting events for apprentices to access and Tweeting a series of profiles of roles in...

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