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Richard Jordan

Richard Jordan, who will be leading the new Conservation & Repair of Tile Roofing course starting at West Dean College of Arts & Conservation next month (8-11 November).

15 October 2021 | Training
West Dean College of Arts & Conservation has launched a new 12-month programme of building conservation Master Classes with, for the first time, a Conservation & Repair of Tile Roofing course...
BCC training opportunity

The Building Crafts College is inviting applications from people aged over 19, especially anyone on Universal Credit, who wants to spend a year on a fully-funded course learning stonemasonry or joinery. The courses will begin as soon as the students have been recruited.

14 October 2021 | Training
The Building Crafts College, one of the top colleges in the country for learning stonemasonry and joinery, is offering at least 12 people looking for a career in the crafts to spend a fully-funded...
SDC Bootcamp

Looking for a career in construction? Join the South Devon College four-week bootcamp.

14 October 2021 | Training
A new level 4 Skills Bootcamp, part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee & Plan for Jobs programme, is being launched at South Devon College next month (November). Following...
face-to-face tuition returns to cathedrals

Face-to-face tuition returns to cathedrals as students on socially distanced bankers start their carving module.

8 October 2021 | Training
The Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship (CWF) has resumed face-to-face training at cathedrals after 19 challenging months of online teaching. The delayed ‘Covid Cohort’ of...
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]

8 September 2021 | Training
SCHOOL IS BACK! And parents and students are focused on the academic year ahead, with parents excited about what success will mean for their nippers.Perhaps this is a good time, too, for...
Stonemasonry students at work

Stonemasonry students at work at Bath College.

2 September 2021 | Training
Until the end of this month (September) the government is giving companies an extra £3,000 per apprentice they take on. That’s in addition to the CITB grants that now cover travel and...
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...

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