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New apprenticeship offers hands-on conservation experience

Posted on 18 January 2012

New apprenticeship scheme for three young people aged 16 to 19.

The two-year apprenticeships based on estates in the North York Moors area

The North York Moors National Park Authority, English Heritage and the University of York are launching a new apprenticeship scheme for three young people aged 16 to 19. With support from York College, the two-year apprenticeships will offer hands-on experience in a range of building maintenance and conservation skills and is expected to start by Easter 2012.

The three new apprentices will be based on estates in the North York Moors area, spending most of their time working with experienced building maintenance teams to conserve the area’s distinctive local heritage. The aim of the project is to retain the expertise of some of the most experienced estate workers in the National Park, by passing on their skills and knowledge to a younger generation.

Sophie Norton, Fellow for Traditional Building Skills at the Centre for Conservation Studies, University of York said

“We are committed to this project because it presents a unique opportunity for highly experienced estate employees to pass on their expertise to apprentices, who will gain skills to help them develop a career in conserving the built heritage of the area. High quality practical training will ensure that the apprentices are able to conserve buildings in accordance with good practice, using sought after skills that will help them protect the valuable built heritage of North Yorkshire in a sustainable way.

Details on how to apply for the new scheme will be available on the University of York’s website archaeology/research/current-projects/nhta/ from the end of January.

The funding for this project is being made available through English Heritage, the Ernest Cook Trust, the Radcliffe Trust and the North York Moors, Coast & Hills LEADER Programme through the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union.


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To find out more information before then, please contact Sophie Norton at or 01904 323950.