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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]

5 December 2020 | Training
I spoke today with a business existing hand-to-mouth, with the owners worrying how they would keep their workforce secure. My heart goes out to them and to all the other businesses in a similar...
Michelle Turner

Michelle Turner chairing the video conference that was November’s NSITG meeting. She provided an update on stone’s Trailblazer apprenticeship.

24 November 2020 | Training
The hoped for pre-Christmas launch of the long-awaited Trailblazer apprenticeship in stone will not now happen, the online meeting of the Natural Stone Industry Training Group (NSITG) heard on 24...
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 November 2020 | Training
Make the most of the fee-neutral programme for trainees in Stone Fixing or Façade PreservationIn the Spring next year, in co-operation with the CITB, Priestman Associates will be looking at launching...
Lotti Closs

This is Lotti Closs, one of West Dean's MA students who is exploring the possibilities of stone.

14 October 2020 | Training
West Dean College of Arts & Conservation is looking for an artist-maker to be its Maker-in-Residence for 2021. Artists with any skills will be considered, including stone working, carving...
Trailblazer

The final assessment of stonemasonry Trailblazer apprenticeships has now been approved and the Trailblazer is ready to be signed off by the Department for Education. These are students at the Building Crafts College hand-working limestone.

2 October 2020 | Training | 2 Comments
Stone's Trailblazer Apprenticeship has had it’s 'End Point Assessment' (final exam) signed off by the Institute for Apprenticeships, set up by the government to oversee the creation...
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New CITB Committee to set the Levy is recruiting people from the industry.

22 September 2020 | Training
CITB has set its levy for the coming year, but wants to look at the longer-term future of the levy and is looking to recruit employers and other experienced people in the Construction Industry to...
Mark Priestman

If you need help or advice on training, contact Mark Priestman, a Partner at Priestman Associates LLP, a leading 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 September 2020 | Training
The training industry is reporting an uptake in enrolments on distance or remote learning programmes. Not a surprise, considering social distancing rules after the lengthy lockdown. But one of the...
Kickstart

£2billion to encourage companies to give jobs to youngsters to get them off Universal Credit and into the workplace.

8 September 2020 | Training
With youth unemloyment in danger of reaching 40% in some areas the government is trying to encourage firms to employ more yougsters by offering to help pay their wages and NI contributions. If...
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]

2 August 2020 | Training
Overhaul of the CITB?The executive of the National Federation of Builders has called for further reforms to the CITB.Part of their complaint was that the request for consensus has been delayed from...
Heather Newton

Heather Newton is leaving Canterbury Cathedral and joining the City & Guilds of London Art School as Head of Historic Carving.

Photo: © Chapter of Canterbury

24 July 2020 | Training
Heather Newton, Head of Conservation at Canterbury Cathedral since 2013, is moving to the City & Guilds of London Art School to succeed Tim Crawley as the Head of Historic Carving. Tim is...
West Dean Ruinette

The unique ruinette at West Dean, which students use to practise their conservation skills. West Dean has received a grant from Historic England's coronavirus emergency response fund to put some of its course material online.

8 July 2020 | Training
West Dean College, with its highly respected building conservation training, has received a £47,564 grant from Historic England’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund to develop online...
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].

6 June 2020 | Training
With sites re-opening, this might be a good time for employers to harness their team members who possess the skills to share some of the responsibility. Many hands make light work and several sets of...
WorldSkills UK

Stonemasonry trainer Marc Pate talks about preparing the Team UK stonemasonry competitors for the EuroSkills and WorldSkills competitions when they are isolated by the coronavirus pandemic.

24 May 2020 | Training | 1 Comment
...by Marc Pate, Man of Stone and UK Expert in Architectural Stonemasonry for WorldSkills, the two yearly international youth vocational skills competition, the next of which is due to take place in...
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 2020 | Training
The Coronavirus pandemic is like something out of a fiction book.So, at the outset, I would like to say I hope that you and your loved ones are well, although I recognise that isn’t going to be...
Stone Trailblazers

Claire Wallbridge (left) and Michelle Turner, whose many hours of work with other members of the group and the Institute of Apprenticeships have delivered Stone's Trailblazer apprenticeship published today (1 May).

1 May 2020 | Training | 1 Comment
The stone industry is a step closer to getting its own Trailblazer apprenticeship. The Institute for Apprenticeships has today (1 May) approved and published the new standards for the Stone...

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