The Centre for Conservation Studies at York is a founder member of the National Heritage Training Academy. The mission of the NHTA is to provide training opportunities that address the shortage of skilled craftsmen who can work on the region’s distinctive heritage buildings.
A current priority for the NHTA is to encourage new people into the sector via work-based learning opportunities in a traditional construction environment. To this end, we are developing two projects that will enable a number of placements across the region. The first, the Traditional Estates Craft Apprenticeship Project, will give three young people the opportunity to learn about vernacular building maintenance and conservation from highly skilled and experienced people working in the North York Moors. For further information about this project please click on the link in the left hand column.
The NHTA also supports recognition of the excellent work of experienced heritage practitioners. To this end, we are helping experienced craftspeople apply for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, and promoting it throughout the region as a straightforward way for clients to check their builder’s competence. Visit our qualifications for craftspeople page for further information about the CSCS card and ways to apply for it.For those who are working in the construction industry and interested in diversifying into heritage skills, there are three training options available. Both craftspeople and professionals can enroll on a short course, which will introduce them to the basics of a craft and help them develop their skills. There are also qualifications available: craftspeople can pursue an NVQ3 in Heritage Skills, and professionals can work towards an MA in Conservation Studies.