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 Case Study - Mr Richard Pollitt

 

Since training at Heritage Craft Alliance, I have gained experience not only in Carpentry & Joinery but in Heritage Construction on the whole. The course has covered everything from Site Surveying, Documenting, Preserving, Restoring, Repairing, Maintaining, Understanding and Working on Heritage sites.

 

When you work as a Carpenter & Joiner it is helpful to have knowledge on most elements of the building. This course has not just improved my now specialist knowledge of working with timber but has  improved my knowledge of working on Heritage sites.

 

I would highly recommend this course to any individual looking to learn in-depth knowledge in working on heritage buildings. With a live building restoration project, on-site individuals are given hands on experience with little risk, which is difficult to find while training. I feel I have been given a wealth of rapidly disappearing knowledge on traditional building techniques which are

hard to come by. With this I can continue to work on traditional buildings across Yorkshire and the UK.

 

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I have been self employed working as a Carpenter & Joiner for the past 3 years.

 

I joined the apprenticeship scheme as I was looking to further my knowledge in traditional building techniques. Through my work I began receiving more jobs which required specialist knowledge applicable to pre 1900's buildings. It appeared to me that this knowledge was sought after and very little was known regarding traditional buildings and their suitable materials. I was very lucky that the HCA Apprenticeship scheme was starting up as I live in North Yorkshire. At the time I was searching nationally for similar courses and found there to be little opportunity.

I trained at Heritage Craft Alliance, working on my Level 3 Diploma in Heritage Skills (Construction), Traditional Wood Occupations. I have a degree in Design and a  background in creative and craft based study.