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Mark Priestman provides guidance on training.

3 November 2017 | Training
Mark Priestman has more than 20 years’ experience in the natural stone sector. He plays an active role in the development and delivery of training in this specialist environment. Along with his...

The SkillBuild finals take place at the NEC, Birmingham, on 16-18 November.

3 November 2017 | Training
SkillBuild is the largest construction skills competition in the UK. Regional heats have eliminated entrants and led to the selection of the competitors who will be in the final that is taking place...
Archie Stoke-Faiers

Stonemason Archie brings back a Silver for the UK from WorldSkills Abu Dhabi.

20 October 2017 | Training
Congratulations to Archie Stoke-Faiers who represented British stonemasonry at the WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi this month (15-18 October). He gained a Silver Medal.Archie, who trained at...
Trainees at work

CITB has extended its Skills & Training Fund to next year.

19 September 2017 | Training
The CITB has extended the availability of the Skills & Training Fund to 29 March 2018.  Though an on line application can be submitted at any time,  additional scoring points when...
The Engine Shed

Historic Environment Scotland's new £11million national building conservation centre, The Engine Shed.

3 July 2017 | Training
Historic Environment Scotland has unveiled The Engine Shed, an £11million national building conservation centre.The new centre links with Historic Environment Scotland’s masonry training...

BRE Academy and Solent University in Southampton sign an agreement on BREEAM accreditor training.

30 June 2017 | Training
BRE Acadamy, the education arm of BRE. the organisation based in Garston, Hertfordshire, famous for its research and knowledge generation into building systems, products, safety standards and...

Under new Manager Peter May, Orton Trust is spreading its wings and trying to attract students from outside the industry. If you are a stonemason looking to advance your skills, perhaps in carving or lettering, or a novice interested in learning the basics, the weekend (actually Friday to Sunday) courses of Orton Trust have a lot to offer. Visit

28 June 2017 | Training
The stone industry is pushing on with the creation of a Trailblazer apprenticeship for stonemasonry. The latest meeting of the Natural Stone Industry Training Group (NSITG), which is developing the...
Matt Rowe

Matt Rowe from York MInster finishing his armadillo carving in Ancaster stone. It was sold in the auction for £250.

28 June 2017 | Training
The Heritage Skills Festival at Lincoln Cathedral on 23 and 24 June grew out of the European Stone Festival that was held in the cathedral grounds there in 2012. That had been an exciting, inspiring...
Emma Dexter Moulton Stonemasonry

Emma Dexter is doing more for stonemasonry students at Moulton College in Northamptonshire.

14 June 2017 | Training
by Emma Dexter, Stonemasonry Course Manager and LecturerThis year we have introduced up to 152 hours of work experience each for our stonemasonry students, depending on their English and Maths...
Ian Major

Ian Major: Don't miss out on £10,000 for training.

12 June 2017 | Training
The CITB Flexible Skills & Training Fund is there to help smaller companies fund their training.The reminder comes from Ian Major, Manager of Stone Federation's StoneTrain and Training...
Mark Priestman

Mark Priestman discusses training.

1 June 2017 | Training
Mark Priestman has more than 20 years’ experience in the natural stone sector. He plays an active role in the development and delivery of training in this specialist environment. Along with his...
BIM from BRE

A new BIM course for site managers from BRE and CITB.

31 May 2017 | Training
A new online training course, BIM for Site Managers, has been launched by BRE Academy and the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) to equip site managers with a solid grounding in BIM (...
Archie Stoke-Faiers

Archie Stoke-Faiers will represent British architectural stonemasonry at WorldSkills in Abu Dhabi in October.

31 May 2017 | Training
Archie Stoke-Faiers has made it into Team UK as the architectural stonemasonry competitor in the WorldSkills competition being held this year (14-19 October) in Abu Dhabi.Archie is 22. He trained at...
Stone-Safe demo

The Stone-Safe memorial fixing system will be demonstrated at Weymouth College on 19 June.

25 May 2017 | Training
Weymouth College is hosting an intensive one-day course on the Stone-Safe memorial installation system at its stonemasonry workshops in Poundbury on Monday 19 June (9am - 2.30pm) . The charge...
Lovell carving

Left. The Worshipful Company of Masons, the stonemasonry Livery Company, donated a £300 prize for the carving competition. Nicholas Payne, Master of the Company, is pictured here presenting the prize for Best Carving to Akira Inman. Judge Tony Webb is on the left.

8 May 2017 | Training
The carving competition started last year at the world-renowned City & Guilds of London Art School was so successful it was decided to make it an annual event. This year’s contest was held...