Below are just some of our testimonials at Heritage Craft Alliance:
" As Head of Building for the National Trust, I believe that the newly accredited advanced apprenticeship scheme in heritage construction skills could be an excellent step forward in bridging the skills gaps in the Built Heritage sector, as it will provide younger entrants with the opportunity of a formalised entry point to a career in heritage construction.
By working with industry experts and master craftspeople in the delivery of this qualification the Sector should be in a position to respond by offering more employed places for these specialist apprentices.
The delivery of traditional skills training and access to real work will also allow young people to gain valuable knowledge and expertise, which will assist us all in preserving our built heritage for future generations.
The National Trust has had an excellent working relationship with Heritage Craft Alliance for several years now, which has very much enhanced our own Apprenticeship scheme, and as such I am pleased to support and hopefully be in a position to participate in this programme.
I would like to wish you every success in your venture. "
Head of Buildings, National Trust
" As Project Manager for the Canal & River Trust’s Skills HLF funded ‘Skills for the Future’ programme, we work in partnership with the Heritage Craft Alliance to deliver two classroom based qualifications to our trainees, namely the Level 2 Award in Heritage Conservation and Restoration of Britain’s Canals and Waterways & the Level 2 NVQ Diploma Award in Heritage Conservation and Restoration of Britain’s Canals and Waterways. As our education partners, I can unequivocally testify to the incredible attention to detail as evidenced by the syllabus of both qualifications, the consistency of the high standard of tutors and tutoring that our trainees receive and the dedication and support of all of the HCA staff involved in ensuring the smooth running of these qualifications.
The facilities at Thorp Perrow are second to none and offer a wonderful, inspirational setting for the trainees to immerse themselves in the traditional skills of stonemasonry, historic brickwork, carpentry/joinery and the use and application of lime mortars. By offering the trainees this unique ‘living classroom’ , it ensures that skills tutored in the classroom setting can be put to the test in a very practical, hands on manner on-site thus instilling a sense of achievement and pride in each and every one of the trainees.
As an education provider of tradition skills and craft, I have no hesitation in recommending the HCA as an institute that sets the highest standards and offers a unique package of training and support for any potential trainee. "
Jamie McNamara BBS PG Dip ABRC
Heritage Skills Leader, Canal & River Trust