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Re-Making Leeds

Heritage trades are dying out but Re-Making Leeds is on a mission to revive them so our city’s historic buildings can live on.

Leeds has over 2,300 listed structures and more than 70 conservation areas, not to mention a huge number of buildings built before 1919.

But the number of skilled craftspeople with the experience and expertise to care for them is small and there is a danger that without more trainees historic buildings could be at serious risk.

We want to develop the restorations skills of 18-24 year olds who have already completed a general construction qualification through work-based training.

Training college tutors and supervisors who already have links with the building industry, is also important for us, so they can deliver shorter courses and provide guidance.

We’re looking for people who already work in the following areas but want to specialise further:

  • Brick work
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Stonemasonry
  • Painting and decorating
  • Lime mortar plastering and rendering
  • Wall and floor tiling

Funded through Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and working with project partners Leeds College of Building and York College and with specialist training organisation Heritage Craft Alliance, Re-Making Leeds is a pioneering project.

For anyone interested in short courses and bursaries in heritage construction skills, please contact our team on 0113 395 7591 or email at re-makingleeds.gov.uk.​​​​

Training Opportunities

Click to expandThe courses

The main focus of the project is to train craftspeople over a series of three one year paid bursaries in which they receive site-based training on real projects for organisations and companies working in heritage construction in Leeds. The aim is to have trained a total of 33 people by October 2017.

Also planned are two or three day short courses for people with a background in construction who want to learn more about the restoration or maintenance of old buildings and these are available free or at a very low cost.

A third element of the programme will be to “train the trainers” by giving college tutors or experienced practitioners the skills to teach heritage construction skills. ​

Click to expandIf you're an experienced heritage construction worker

For people with 3 or more years of heritage construction experience accreditation is available to NVQ L3 in heritage construction through on-site training and assessment. Those who succeed in this award will also be supported to achieve a heritage gold CSCS card.​

Additionally if you already have a heritage gold CSCS card or an NVQL3 in heritage construction you may be interested in further training so you will be qualified to train or assess workers. The cost of assessment, training and CSCS cards will be met by Re-Making Leeds.

To find out more email sarah.neville@leeds.gov.uk​

Click to expandIf you're interested in a short course

The short courses on the restoration and maintenance of traditional buildings offered by Re-Making Leeds will be tailor-made to meet the needs of construction companies, property owners, architects, surveyors, housing and planning officers and others linked to heritage building activities.

To find out more see the course details PDF or email sarah.neville@leeds.gov.uk​​

If you’re a building or maintenance contractor who often works on pre-1919 buildings, especially listed buildings, you might like to learn to use lime plasters and renders 

For further information on using lime please see the link below.​​​

Why use lime?

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