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By Heritage Craft Alliance Ltd, Dec 1 2016 11:27AM

Last week we had our second year Level 3 students with us, they are nearing the end of their apprenticeships and working hard to complete their extensive work based portfolios. It was a good weather week so they were fortunate to be able to mix academia with the practical side of things out on the 'live site'.

Thorp Perrow, where we are based, boasts an impressive Ha-Ha wall which has fallen in to disrepair - a sunken stone wall with the top layer level with the garden and a deep ditch at the far side. The wall would have originally been built in the 17th or 18th century to create the perfect vista for the land owner, invisible from the house and preventing livestock from entering the formal gardens.

The taks in ihand is to repair and reconstruct the Ha-Ha wall using the original materials. The group split in to two teams - one preparing the site by removing vegetation and salvaging the stone, and the other tackling the rebuild. They have begun by back pointing using lime mortar and the results so far are impressive see the before and after pictures.

The group are back with us next week so we are looking forward to seeing how things develop, only another 50 or so metres to go...

By Heritage Craft Alliance Ltd, Nov 3 2016 10:25AM

As the leaves change on the trees and the dark nights close in our Level 3 apprentices are here for the third week of their 17 week course. It's my first week working for Heritage Craft Alliance so I have taken the opportunity to get out and about on the site, meeting the new students and seeing if they are settling in too. The majority of students are here with the Canal & River Trust and the remainder from the National Trust and The Landmark Trust.

I have been made to feel very welcome by the staff and students alike so it hasn't been difficult to get chatting with them this morning. I was keen to find out where they all originate from and have been astonished to find they travel from as far as Cornwall, Mid Wales and the West Midlands. Everyone agrees that the long journeys are worth it as it is such an interesting setting for learning to take place.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings are spent in the classroom covering the theory side of the courses, the rest of the week the students can be found out on the 'live site' or in the workshops. Teamwork abounded this morning when I visited the masons who are making progress with their circular walls.

Further down the lane and the wood workshops are a hive of industry when I arrive. One student tells me that the joint making skills they are currently honing will be instantly transferable when they are back with their employers next week as they will be working on gates.

The tutor is also happy to spend time explaining to me how the students will progress over the coming months, beginning with the basics before moving on to more intricate work. I can see that striving for accuracy will be crucial in ensuring success as they become proficient in more complex skills.

I am really looking forward to seeing how they progress over the coming weeks and will keep updating the page.


By Heritage Craft Alliance Ltd, Oct 8 2015 10:01AM

Glenn Young (Managing Director of Heritage Craft Alliance) has been at UK Construction Week from 6th to 8th October 2015. He was manning a "POD" in the Careers Centre.

The Careers Centre was open throughout the professional days 6 – 7 – 8th October and was organised in association with a host of industry bodies. This was a dedicated area within the Build Show where HBF members and other Construction Experts were able to offer construction specific careers advice to visitors. Booked slots with Glenn gave the opportunity for individuals to ask specific questions.

He also carried out a presentation entitled 'Breakthrough apprenticeship qualifications in traditional skills' in the Build Show Site Zone on 7th October at 4pm.

This session introduced the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships in Construction (Heritage Skills) and explained how the new qualification fits into the heritage construction sector.

By Heritage Craft Alliance Ltd, Apr 15 2015 11:52AM

Heritage Craft Alliance Ltd in partnership with The VAR Initiative have recently gained funding from the Heritage Lottery fund and Heart of Teesdale to deliver the Level 2 Award in Heritage Construction.

Course Details

This is an intense course which will offer substantial under pinning knowledge of the traditional construction and historic building sector.

This course will offers 8 credits via a nationally accredited award at Level 2. The training will be enhanced by visits to quarries in the region and surveys of local historic sites. The course will prepare people to work in, or simply understand the historic building sector.

Course Location

The course will be delivered at the Training Centre recently built at Cross Lanes Organic Farm, Barnard Castle, County Durham.

Course Dates

6th - 9th July 2015 and 27th - 30th July 2015

FREE Places

The course is normally priced at £600 per person +VAT.

Fees for this course are waived for those who are eligible:

Students 15 to 21 years are in the key age group

Students over 21 seeking a career in the sector can still be eligible

All participants should live in the North East of England and wish to gain employment in County Durham/ North East of England in the future

All participants should have an interest in a career in heritage construction

There are some small bursaries for accommodation, food and transport costs, where hardship is an issue. Please make individual requests.

Book a Place or Enquire

To book a course place or find out more, please contact Jude on or telephone 01677 422289.

By Heritage Craft Alliance Ltd, Mar 6 2015 10:51AM

Here's a piece that was in The Times on 5th March 2015. Thank you Lizzie Long at The Traditional Building Skills Bursary Scheme for our mention and lovely to see Neil Marchant (a HCA current L3 NVQ OSAT Masonry learner, nearly finished!) featured in the piece.