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13 August 2012 | Training
There had been fears that a lack of international competitors could have meant stonemasonry was not included in the 2013 WorldSkills competition in Leipzig, but now it has been confirmed that...
13 August 2012 | 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...
Training is available through the Stone Federation's StoneTrain arm.
16 July 2012 | Training
The stonemasonry Gold Medal won by Chris Berridge at WorldSkills in London last year should be inspiration for the whole industry to improve its training, says Stone Federation.Stone Federation GB is...
 
Sam Matthews at the City & Guilds Lion Awards between his girl friend, Sadie Jones, and Nigel Gilkison, the head of stonemasonry at the BCC.
16 July 2012 | Training
Sam Matthews, a stonemason at Canterbury Cathedral, has concluded three years’ as a student of the Building Crafts College (BCC) in London in spectacular style. He won the City & Guilds...
16 July 2012 | Training
The Government is planning to cut by 25% its grant funding for further education (FE) between 2011/12 and 2014/15. Instead, from September next year apprentices over the age of 24 on Level 3 training...
16 July 2012 | Training
Mark Priestman, a Partner at Priestman Associates LLP, reports a bumper year for training uptake in the natural stone sector. He says: “Despite the economic climate it seems apparent that...
16 July 2012 | Training
Conservation training under the National Heritage Training Group (NHTG) is becoming more integrated with other craft skills. In December the NHTG set up its ConstructionSkills’ sponsored...
This year's SPAB Fellows include stonemasons Samantha Peacock and Callum Plews, pictured here either side of bricklayer Emily Hale.
16 July 2012 | Training
Two stonemasons and a bricklayer have been chosen as SPAB’s 2012 William Morris Craft Fellows. Since 1987 The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) has organised the unique...
City of Bath stonemasonry students made the Bath stone plinth for the statue of Mark Foster.
16 July 2012 | Training
City of Bath College’s trainee stonemasons played a key role in putting Mark Foster on a pedestal in Bath city centre last month (May) when they produced the Stoke Ground Bath Stone plinth that...
Kevin Calpin at last year's WorldSkills competition. If there is not more international support stonemasonry will lose its place at WorldSkills.
18 June 2012 | Training
There is a danger that there is not enough international interest in stonemasonry to keep the skill as part of the WorldSkills competiton.Last year’s WorldSkills event was held in the UK at...
New publications from Stone Federation to help you through the Sustainability maze.
18 June 2012 | Training
Stone Federation ran two ‘Sustainability Workshops’ (at BRE in Garston and in York) in April to try to clarify some of the issues surrounding the subject. The Workshops were paid for by...
The stone industry gets a workshop on sustainability.
18 June 2012 | Training
It can be difficult to know what to do to get stone’s sustainability message to customers. Conferences by BRE in Garston and York last month, organised by Stone Federation Great Britain with...
17 May 2012 | Training
Free workshops explaining how to take advantage of the sustainability benefits of natural stone are being held in Watford and York this month. Titled “Natural Stone, The Sustainable Solution,...
19 March 2012 | Training
At a glance:Mothballing of Vacant Historic Buildings (February)Conservation Engineering – repair of historic structures (March)Brickwork Masterclass: Chimneys (in partnership with Historic...
20 February 2012 | Training
Stone Federation has been successful in a bid for Growth Fund finance from ConstructionSkills to enable it to offer training in sustainability management awareness.The project is called ‘...

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